Just one day after the 23rd anniversary of the masterful Enter the Wu-Tang album, which marked a new era in the history of hip-hop, the world woke up to strange news.
The first set of strange news told the story of New York billionaire Donald Trump becoming the new President elect of the United States. The second set of strange news revolved around Martin Shkreli, a controversial pharmaceutical executive who became the highest bidder of the Wu-Tang Clan’s sole issue album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
Shkreli purchased the ultra exclusive album for $2 million. That acquisition was made with the understanding that he did not have broadcasting or reproduction rights of its content, which means that Shkreli can listen to it in private and in the company of family or associates.
In the run-up to the election that ended with Trump’s victory, Shkreli went on social media to declare that he would share tracks from his exclusive Wu-Tang Clan album in the unlikely event that Trump would be elected President of the United States.
Although Shkreli is a Trump supporter, his promise to reveal his private Wu-Tang Clan audio was made as a bet or as a dare because he never thought Trump would win; like most Americans, he thought the election would have been a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton.
Shkreli has thus far made some snippets of the album available on YouTube; however, he is reported to be in contact with Wu-Tang Clan attorneys about the possibility of releasing the entire album to make good on the promise.