Wu-Tang Clan's unreleased seventh studio album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin may be the most anticipated yet mysterious hip-hop album of all time. With only one existing copy in the world, once owned by convicted fraud "Pharma Bro", Martin Shkreli, the coveted album is now in the hands of NFT collective, PleasrDAO, who bought the album from the U.S. federal government for $4 million.
According to a copy of the five-page purchase agreement, the album was "sealed with “tamper-proof evidence tape” and delivered to the new owners “in that state.”
The new documents, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, include dozens of undisclosed photographs of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The album, conceived by Wu-Tang as a work of art. The album lives in a nickel silver box stored in a cedarwood box and covered in black cow leather with light beige velvet lining. It also includes a 175-page leather-bound lyric book and a gold-leafed certificate of authenticity. The government redacted images of the two CDs, the titles of the 20 songs, and the lyric book citing "trade secrets."
The group claimed their choice to only produce one copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was a form of protest, fighting against the way music is consumed and sold in a digital era.
Here are some of the dopest images recently captured of Wu-Tang's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.