Published Mar 12, 2015Earlier this month, troubled seemed to be brewing within the Wu-Tang Clan, as Method Man called the group's plan to block the commercial release of the one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for 88 years "fuckin' stupid." Now, however, Method Man has at least partially recanted the statement, saying that it was a misunderstanding.
He partially blamed XXL interviewer Miranda Johnson for his comments, saying that she misled him with her questioning.
"The information that she gave me was that no one would be able to hear this album for 88 years. I'm like, 'Really? What? I don't know what's going on," Meth told the Huffington Post. "She took advantage of that by giving half information."
Evidently this made Method Man think that no one would be able to hear the album. This isn't the case: the purchaser will be able to hear it, can release it for free, or can stage listening events or tours. The stipulation is that it won't receive a traditional commercial release for 88 years.
Of course, XXL's questioning wouldn't have been a problem if Meth knew what the plan was. The rapper observed, "If RZA had been on point as far as keeping us in the loop with the album, that probably would never have happened. Those answers would have never came out that way if I'd had a clear conversation with RZA about what was going on." The misunderstanding has now been smoothed over, as RZA texted him to clarify the plan.
Although Method Man is back on friendly terms with RZA, the same can't be said for Wu-Tang affiliate Cilvaringz, who Meth said that he "can't stand." The producer has been one of the key creative forces behind Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and Method Man blamed Cilvaringz for the "gimmicks" and misinformation surrounding the album.
"I'm tired of the gimmicks. It's never us coming with the gimmicks. It's always on the outside, a 'B' Wu guy or somebody like that coming with some crap that's just so gimmicky," Method Man said. "It makes you scratch your head and say, 'Why Wu-Tang?' when it's not Wu-Tang. It's just one individual thinking he knows what's best and just doing weird stuff, man. I think it's just crazy weird. And yes, I'm discrediting Cilvaringz, but I'm not discrediting the product. I'm just discrediting him and the way he made his move. I dug it at first, but when they start doing the whole 88-year thing and not explaining it to people, because there are a lot more dumb people than smart people. To a lot of people, it's sounding like, '88 years, we ain't going to be able to hear this album.'"
Watch the interview below.
As previously reported, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is set to go to auction sometime soon.