By Sandra Rose  | 

Martin Shkreli

Former pharmaceutical exec Martin Shkreli sold his rare $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album at a $1 million loss. But according to, the one-off CD may not even be an official Wu-Tang album.

Shkreli is now serving time as inmate #87850-053 at a Brooklyn federal lockup after a judge revoked his $5 million bond on Friday.

Shkreli ran afoul of the judge after he wrote a Facebook post asking his followers to snatch a strand of hair off Hillary Clinton's head during her current book tour. He offered $5,000 for the strand of hair.

Shkreli, 34, listed the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, on before he was arrested and jailed last week. He purchased the album in 2015 for $2 million.

The rare CD, which is contained in an intricately carved, leather-bound wooden box, sold for $1,025,100 on Friday, Sept. 15, after 343 bids. In the listing description, Shkreli admitted he barely listened to the album.

Martin Shkreli

But questions arise about the album's authenticity.

In an article on Bloomberg's website last week, members of the Wu Tang Clan say the verses they recorded over a 5-year period wasn't "an official Wu-Tang project".

Moroccan producer Cilvaringz (pronounced "silver rings") recorded the album over 5 years in various homes and hotel rooms.

“The way he presented it,” says rapper Killa Sin, “was it was going to be basically his album, and he wanted me to do some work for him.”

Other Wu-Tang members chimed in, saying the work they did wasn't legit.

“It’s not an authorized Wu-Tang Clan album,” says Domingo Neris, the manager of rapper U-God. “It never was.”

U-God is suing Wu-Tang Productions Inc. and group founder RZA, saying he wasn't paid for the verses he did on Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.

U-God says Cilvaringz gathered verses over the years from Clan members for his own projects and later stitched the verses together to make the album without the group’s permission.

“We would never have authorized anyone to put together a project and call it a Wu-Tang Clan record without us ever looking at it, hearing it, or being in the same room together. That’s just the way these guys work," U-God said.

Former kiddie rapper Shyheim Franklin, a longtime member of the Clan, is serving time behind bars for a hit-and-run conviction. He says he recorded verses for Cilvaringz, but he isn't sure if his verses made it onto the album.

“I’d like my cut of that $2 million,” Franklin told Bloomberg by telephone from Washington Correctional Facility in upstate New York, where he is serving 14 years for second-degree manslaughter.

Also serving time in prison is Clan member Killa Sin, who is frustrated that he wasted verses on an album that the group's fans may never hear.

He criticized Shkreli, RZA and Cilvaringz for not making the album available to fans.

“It’s an insult,” Killa Sin says. “It’s like f--- everybody else. I’m going to get mine. He probably thought, ‘We’re onto something. We can really get some money for this.’ But you got to stop and say, ‘How would my brothers feel?'"

  • Rayne

    Lil dumb ass lol

  • You Could Never

    BULLSHIT. So the album was considered official when it was SOLD to this quack; now its not? I didnt hear ONE peep from not NAH Wu member when it was sold to Marty Mar up top. FOH. It has now made basically THREE Million dollars and now yall want a slice. You didnt speak out on RZA to begin with. Sitchall ass down someplace.

  • SpiceGirl

    here is a stadium of seats....pick one!

  • Renee26

    All of the nobody members want their cut LOL

  • brownisback

    Clearly I know nothing about the music business because I'm still in shock it sold for 2 million

  • starbright9449

    I really need help understanding this, my brain is not comprehending this. Sandra, roses....HELP!! Someone please break this post down for my slow azz??

  • nick c

    This whole one album gimmick ended up making a lot more money then the members originally thought, NOW some members want more money from this successful charade especially if keeps making money like this.

  • Mark mcharm

    1.Wu tang made a album that was only to be heard 88years after completion
    2. crackers buys the rare "wu tang album" for 2 million
    3.cracker gets locked up and needs money finds out it is a bootleg
    4.everyone wants a cut of that 2 million it was bought for.

  • Mark mcharm

    That white boy is a bum and needs to be butt f...cked everyday in prison ,he made the HiV drug 700 dollars a pill when he bought the company. and now that he wanted 5grand for a piece of hilary clintons hair the judge locked him up and he was crying like a limp wrister when he got led away.

  • starbright9449

    Oh wow. Thanks. Sandra should've explained about it not to be heard until scores later.