Martin Shkreli’s $2 Million Wu-Tang Album Might Not Be Legit

Martin Shkreli
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Since being revealed as the buyer of the $2 million, one-off Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, Martin Shkreli has made headlines consistently regarding it.

He’s played some tracks during a recent interview and promised to release it if Donald Trump won the presidential election last November.

Now, people linked to the Wu are saying the 31-track double CD Shkreli has isn’t even a real Wu-Tang album.

“Itโ€™s not an authorized Wu-Tang Clan album,” Domingo Neris, manager of rapper U-God, told Bloomberg. “It never was.”

Method Man’s manager James Ellis also echoed those same setiments. “When we did the verses, it was for a Cilvaringz album,” he said. “How it became a Wu-Tang album from there? We have no knowledge of that.”

Extended Wu family member Killa Sin, of RZA’s group Killarmy, express those same thoughts as well. “The way he presented it was it was going to be basically his album, and he wanted me to do some work for him,” he said.

When contacted by Bloomberg via email about the validity of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, Shkreli responded with “hahahahahahahahahahahaha”, before insulting the publication. “Bloomberg is an overpriced, legacy software system that subsidizes a money-losing media company,” Shkreli wrote. “This state of affairs will soon change.”

Despite the question of the project’s validity, Shrkeli has put the album up for sale on eBay. As press time, the current bid was over $1 million USD.