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That ‘Secret’ Wu-Tang Clan Album Sold for ‘Millions,’ Won’t Be Available for 88 Years

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 20: Wu-Tang Clan perform on stage during the 2015 Riot Fest at Downsview Park on September 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic,)

Earlier this year, RZA announced that the Wu-Tang Clan had recorded a secret album — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin — that would only be heard by a private buyer. According to a press release, a buyer finally ponied up the cash (a figure in “the millions”) and the album — which features RaekwonGZA, and more — is now in his or her sole possession. Pigeons and Planes quotes the release as saying the purchaser is “a private American collector,” and Shaolin itself is described as “a retrospective soundscape that threads 31 songs, skits, and stories into a 128-minute-long aural screenplay.” And you’ll likely never get to hear it, as the buying contract stipulates an 88-year waiting period before the music can be shared with the public. Don’t worry though: Method Man thinks the whole thing is stupid too.