Method Man says he's never heard the Wu-Tang album Martin Shkreli bought for $2 million

The Wu-Tang Clan album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” may go down as one of the most puzzling chapters in the history of the legendary rap group.

Only one copy exists and the person who paid a reported $2 million to buy it, former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, was convicted of securities fraud in August and recently placed the one-of-a-kind album on eBay.

But the biggest question has been the album’s authenticity. Is there an album? And if so, is it an official Wu-Tang album?

Business Insider brought these questions up to Wu-Tang member Method Man on Thursday.

“Yeah, I think there is an actual album,” Method Man said, while promoting the show he’s currently on, HBO’s “The Deuce.” “As far as recording, that’s as far as my reach went. When I was informed how they were approaching selling the album, I kind of flipped out, because I was misinformed by the person who gave me the information. It’s hard for me to speak on it because I wasn’t in the loop.”

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Best selling album from every year

2015: Adele — "25"

Copies sold: 7,441,000  

Notable singles: "Hello," "When We Were Young"

Photo: Columbia Records


2014: Taylor Swift — "1989"

Copies sold: 3,661,000  

Notable singles: "Shake It Off," "Blank Space," "Bad Blood"

Photo: Big Machine Records


2013: Justin Timberlake — "The 20/20 Experience"

Copies sold: 2,430,000

Notable singles: "Suit & Tie," "Mirrors"

Photo: RCA Records


2012: Adele - "21"

Copies sold: 4,410,000

Notable singles: "Someone Like You," "Set Fire to the Rain," "Rumour Has It"

Photo : Colombia Records


2011: Adele - "21"

Copies sold: 5,824,000

Notable singles: "Rolling in the Deep"

Photo : Colombia Records

2010: Eminem — "Recovery"

Copies sold: 3,415,000

Notable singles: "Not Afraid," "Love The Way You Lie"

Photo: Aftermath Entertainment

2009: Taylor Swift — "Fearless"

Copies sold: 3,217,000

Notable singles: "Love Story," "You Belong With Me"

Photo : Big Machine Records


2008: Lil Wayne — "Tha Carter III"

Copies sold: 2,874,000

Notable singles: "Lollipop," "A Milli"

Photo : Cash Money/Universal Motown


2007: Josh Groban — "Noël"

Copies sold: 3,699,000

Notable single: "The First Noel (feat. Faith Hill)"

Photo: Reprise Records


2006: "High School Musical" (Soundtrack)

Copies sold: 3,719,000

Notable single: "Breaking Free"

Photo: Walt Disney Records


2005: Mariah Carey — "The Emancipation of Mimi"

Copies sold: 4,969,000

Notable singles: "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off"

Photo: Island Def Jam


2004: Usher — "Confessions"

Copies sold: 7,979,000

Notable singles: "Burn," "Confessions Pt. II," "Yeah!"

Photo: Arista Records


2003: 50 Cent — "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"

Copies sold: 6,536,000

Notable singles: "In da Club," "21 Questions"

Photo: Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment


2002: Eminem — "The Eminem Show"

Copies sold: 7,608,000

Notable singles: "Without Me," "Sing For The Moment"

Photo: Aftermath Entertainment


2001: Linkin Park — "Hybrid Theory"

Copies sold: 4,813,000

Notable single: "In The End"

Photo: Warner Bros Records



2000: NSYNC — "No Strings Attached"

Copies sold: 9,936,000

Notable singles: "Bye Bye Bye," "It's Gonna Be Me"

Photo: Jive Records


1999: Backstreet Boys — "Millennium"

Copies sold: 9,446,000

Notable singles: "I Want It That Way," "Larger Than Life"

Photo:Jive Records


1998: James Horner and Celine Dion — "Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture"

Copies sold: 9,338,000

Notable single: "My Heart Will Go On" 

Photo: Sony Classical


1997: Spice Girls — "Spice"

Copies sold: 5,302,000

Notable singles: "Wannabe," "Say You'll Be There"

Photo: Virgin Records


1996: Alanis Morissette — "Jagged Little Pill"

Copies sold: 7,380,000

Notable singles: "You Oughta Know," "Hand In My Pocket"

Photo: Reprise Records


1995: Hootie and the Blowfish — "Cracked Rear View"

Copies sold: 7,020,000

Notable singles: "Hold My Hand," "Only Wanna Be With You"

Photo: Atlantic Records


1994: Elton John/Hans Zimmer — "The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"

Copies sold: 4,934,000

Notable singles: "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Circle of Life"

Photo: Walt Disney Records


1993: Whitney Houston/Various Artists — "The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album"

Copies sold: 5,460,000

Notable single: "I Will Always Love You"

Photo: Arista Records


1992: Billy Ray Cyrus — "Some Gave All"

Copies sold: 4,832,000

Notable singles: "Achy Breaky Heart"

Photo: Mercury Records

1991: Mariah Carey — "Mariah Carey"

Notable singles: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time"

Photo: Colombia Records


1990: Janet Jackson — "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814"

Notable singles: "Miss You Much," "Rhythm Nation"

Photo: A&M Records


1989: Bobby Brown — "Don't Be Cruel"

Notable single: "My Prerogative"

Photo: MCA Records


1988: George Michael — "Faith"

Notable singles: "One More Try," "Father Figure"

Photo: Colombia Records


1987: Bon Jovi — "Slippery When Wet"

Notable singles: "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Livin' On A Prayer"

Photo: Mercury Records


1986: Whitney Houston — "Whitney Houston"

Notable singles: "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All"

Photo: Arista Records


1985: Bruce Springsteen — "Born in the U.S.A."

Notable singles: "Dancing In The Dark," "Born In The U.S.A."

Photo: Colombia Records

1984: Michael Jackson — "Thriller"

Notable singles:  "Billie Jean," "Beat It"

Photo: Epic Records

1983: Michael Jackson — "Thriller"

Notable singles: "Thriller," "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"

Photo: Epic Records

1982: Asia — "Asia"

Notable single: "Heat of the Moment"

Photo: Geffen Records

1981: REO Speedwagon — "Hi Infidelity"

Notable singles: "Keep on Loving You," "Take It on the Run"

Photo: Epic Records

1980: Pink Floyd — "The Wall"

Notable singles: "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)"

Photo: Colombia Records


1979: Billy Joel — "52nd Street"

Notable single: "My Life"

Photo: CBS Records

1978: "Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track"

Notable singles: "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive"

Photo: RSO Records

1977: Fleetwood Mac — "Rumours"

Notable singles: "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop"

Photo: Warner Bros. 

1976: Peter Frampton — "Frampton Comes Alive!"

Notable single: "Show Me The Way"

Photo: A&M Records

1975: Elton John — "Elton John's Greatest Hits"

Notable singles: "Your Song," "Daniel"
Photo: MCA Records

1974: Elton John — "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

Notable single: "Bennie and the Jets"

Photo: MCA Records

1973: War — "The World Is a Ghetto"

Notable single: "The Cisco Kid"

Photo: United Artists Records

1972: Neil Young — "Harvest"

Notable single: "Heart of Gold"

Photo: Reprise Records

1971: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Notable single: "Superstar"

Photo: MCA Records

1970: Simon and Garfunkel — "Bridge over Troubled Water"

Notable singles: "Bridge over Troubled Water," "The Boxer"

Photo: Colombia Records

1969: Iron Butterfly — "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Notable single: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Photo: Atco

1968: The Jimmy Hendrix Experience — "Are You Experienced"

Notable singles: "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady"

Photo: Track Records

1967: The Monkees — "More of The Monkees"

Notable single: "I'm A Believer"

Photo: Colgems Records

1966: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass — "Whipped Cream & Other Delights"

Notable single: "A Taste of Honey"

Photo: A&M Records

1965: "Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack)"

Notable singles: "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

Photo: Walt Disney Records


1964: "Hello, Dolly! (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "Hello, Dolly!"

Photo: RCA Victor Records

1963: "West Side Story (Soundtrack)"

Notable single: "I Feel Pretty"

Photo: United Artists Records

1962: "West Side Story (Soundtrack)"

Notable single: "Maria"

Photo: United Artists Records

1961: "Camelot (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "If Ever I Would Leave You"

Photo: Colombia Records

1960: "The Sound of Music (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "Do-Re-Mi," "The Sound of Music"

Photo: Colombia Masterworks

1959: Henry Mancini — "Music from Peter Gunn"

Notable single: "Peter Gunn"

Photo: RCA Victor Records

1958: "My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "With A Little Bit of Luck"

Photo: Colombia Records

1957: "My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "The Rain in Spain"

Photo: Colombia Records

1956: Harry Belafonte — "Calypso"

Notable singles: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," "Jamaica Farewell"

Photo: RCA Victor Records


Since Shkreli bought the album it’s become a legend of its own.

Rumors of the concept coming to Wu-Tang leader RZA while atop the Great Pyramid of Khufu, and that Bill Murray (a friend of RZA’s) was contractually allowed to take the album off Shkreli’s hands in a heist, spread far and wide. And Shkreli flaunted it every chance he had, live-streaming tracks after Donald Trump was elected president, and getting into a public spat over the album with Wu member Ghostface Killah.

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Recently the big debate is whether "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" is an official Wu-Tang album. Representatives for Method Man and fellow member U-God say it isn’t, and instead is the byproduct of tracks produced by Moroccan producer Tarik Azzougarh, also known as Cilvaringz.

Method Man, himself, doesn’t know.

“I wouldn’t know because I haven’t heard it,” he said. “I only know the tracks that I spit on. That is it.”

Looking back on the way the album was released, and the antics of Shkreli, Method Man thinks it was done all wrong.

“My personal opinion, I wouldn't have done it that way,” he said. “I would have just gave it to the people at the end of the day. But you have people that have families to feed, things of that nature. And then to have someone [buy the album] that is pretty much disliked by a lot of people based off something that had nothing to do with hip-hop, that made it worse.”

Method Man said fans shouldn’t be bummed over not being able to hear the “Once Upon a Time” album because a new Wu album is coming out October 15, “Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues.” That’s definitely an official album, he said.

The rapper-actor didn’t seem that interested in talking about the Shkreli situation, but he was amused that one of the prospective jurors at Shkreli's trial said in court, before being excused, that Shkreli “disrespected the Wu-Tang.”

“Yeah, you’ll be surprised how far that W stretches,” Method Man said.

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