Earlier this week, it was revealed that Wu-Tang Clan had placed an 88-year copyright on their one-of-a-kind secret album, The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The terms of the copyright would prevent whoever bought the record from releasing it commercially for nearly nine decades. If that all seems rather ridiculous to you, you aren’t alone.
“What do you mean, 88 years?” Method Man responded when XXL asked the Wu member what he thought of the waiting period. Apparently unaware of the plans until the reporter explained them, the iconic rapper went on to say bluntly, “Fuck that album. I’m tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. Fuck that album, if that’s what they are doing. 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.”
While RZA, the apparent mastermind behind the plans for Once Upon a Time, has argued making such a wildly exclusive album would return value to music, Meth sees it different. “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.”
Meth said it’s not the idea of making a one-of-a-kind record that bothers him, so much as the way it’s being handled. “I dug the whole idea in the beginning. I’m like, ‘Wow, this has never been done before. I was cool with shit. But now, this is ridiculous. 88 years? Really? If that shit is true, that shit is stupid. You have to wait 88 years to hear some shit? By that time, it’s going to be fuckin’ played out. If it ain’t already played out. I hope that’s a rumor. Whoever said that, that shit is fuckin’ stupid.”
One thing fans definitely won’t have to wait 88 years to hear is new music from Method Man himself. “I got some shit in the works. The Meth Lab is coming,” he said, referring to a long-in-the-works mixtape due out March 20th. “[I’m working with] a bunch of Staten Island artists because I’m trying to get my people recognized. Wu-Tang ain’t the only thing that can come out of Staten Island. There’s a lot of talent in Staten Island. It’s the Persona Non Grata that holds brothers back. It’s always the Persona Non Grata.”