To RZA, the cheque doesn’t matter, even if it comes from arguably the most vile and abhorrent figure to rear his head in 2015.
One of the biggest stories of hip-hop in 2015 was Wu-Tang Clan‘s one-of-a-kind album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, and its multi-million-dollar sale to pharmaceutical industry pest Martin Shkreli.
Speaking to Bloomberg TV, the Wu-Tang figurehead noted that Shkreli is free to do as he pleases with the album (although it may be hard to do anything with the album if the putrid antics of this big pharma personality continue to land him behind bars).
RZA does not seem to harbour much resentment for Shkreli, despite the buyer’s personal controversies. “He bought it, he can do what he wants,” RZA stated. “Art—the beautiful thing about art, from my standpoint, is that it has no discrimination.”
Ever the gentlemen, RZA continued by hinting that Shkreli could even distribute the album to a wider audience if he so pleases.
“If Mr. Shkreli feels philanthropic, he has the power to do something really cool, you know what I mean?” RZA noted. “He could do something that would allow more people to hear the record.”
The album itself will now of course be ingrained in even more folklore, which serves as an obvious blessing in disguise for RZA and the rest of Wu-Tang, with even more interest generated about the unique way in which the album was marketed and distributed.
RZA was also quick to put an end to the rumours circulating regarding a secret clause in the album’s sale contract which would allow Hollywood legend Bill Murray to steal the album back. Now that is a damn shame if I’ve ever heard one. Perhaps when Shkreli bails out Bobby Shmurda we will be treated to a Wu-Tang listening party.