The one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin has been wrapped in secrecy and controversy. Both of those descriptions are once again connected to the LP. According to the New York Post, the album was seized by customs at JFK Airport in New York City.
Wu member RZA and Cilvaringz, the producer of Once Upon A Time, told an audience at the MoMA PS1 the box containing the album was held for more than three hours on Sunday. They were bringing the project from Morocco.
The carriers misplaced the key for the box and was unable to open it. Since authorities could not confirm what was inside the container, the album had to be confiscated until it was ran through TSA’s “highest-strength scanner.”
“The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” Packaging
Once Upon A Time has also sparked debate among Wu-Tang Clan members and fans. Method Man recently denounced the idea the album’s music will not be available for commercial use for 88 years.RZA went on Twitter to explain his reasoning for that move was to prevent corporations from buying and mass producing the LP for sell.
Only one copy of Once Upon A Time was created as an art piece. The single album is being sold to the highest bidder via Paddle8. RZA has stated someone has already offered $5 million for the project.