The former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli bought a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album for $2 million at an auction in 2015, but it turns out the album he purchased might not be an official Wu-Tang release.
Representatives of two Wu-Tang Clan members told Bloomberg that the album, “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin,” was instead a project undertaken by the Moroccan producer Tarik Azzougarh, known as Cilvaringz.
“It’s not an authorized Wu-Tang Clan album,” Domingo Neris, the manager of Wu-Tang rapper U-God, told the outlet. “It never was.”
“When we did the verses, it was for a Cilvaringz album,” James Ellis, the manager of Wu-Tang’s Method Man, said. “How it became a Wu-Tang album from there? We have no knowledge of that.”
Azzougarh, who had an ancillary connection to the group, reportedly collected verses from Wu-Tang rappers for the project before convincing RZA, the group’s leader, to endorse and help finance the project.
Shkreli took to eBay earlier this month to sell his exclusive copy of the “Wu-Tang” album in question. The CD currently sits at $1,006,400 from 341 bids, and its sale window ends on Friday.
Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud in August and is currently in prison awaiting his sentence for the charge. On Wednesday, a judge ordered him to be jailed for offering a $5,000 reward for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair in a Facebook post.