‘When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, fuck that. Give it to the people.’
Wu-Tang Clan founding member Method Man is none too pleased with the Wu, thanks to the insane copyright restrictions governing the release of the group's one-copy-only release of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. The album is now being sold in a private auction through Paddle8 but cannot be made publicly available for 88 years after its purchase. If it sounds convoluted, it's because it is – and Method Man is calling bullshit on it.
"Fuck that album, if that’s what they are doing," Method Man told XXL magazine. "I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, fuck that album. Straight up. I’m just keeping it 100. When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, fuck that."
"Give it to the people, if they want to hear the shit, let them have it. Give it away free. I don’t give a fuck; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the fucking music out. Stop playing with the public, man."
Hours after the interview went online, RZA hit back on Twitter, claiming that Method Man's interpretation of the 88 year stipulation was totally off the mark.
Who knew Wu-Tang beef could get this boring? Grown men arguing over non-commercialisation clauses! Like, do you even music publishing, bro? Wu-Tang associate (but not member), Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, the man who produced Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, then chimed in on Twitter with a link to a discussion between him and RZA explaining the concepts behind the record.
He tweeted about "true Wu fans", something that is bound to piss off Method Man – being beefed with by RZA is par for the course, but by someone who is just an associate? Gotta hurt.
Anyone who is still alive in 88 years and still into Wu-Tang maybe should have died anyway.
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