It’s been more than two decades since Wu-Tang Clan dropped their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), but the legendary hip-hop crew is still as popular as ever. They’re headlining the first-ever Golden Axe Music Festival in Bangkok this May, and a design firm in Brooklyn is building a Japanese retreat modeled after their iconic “W” logo.
Not that Wu-Tang has ever been far from the headlines. They ensured this a few years ago by creating Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, a 31-song album that was pressed only once. Instead of uploading the record online to share with their legions of fans, Wu-Tang opted for a more unorthodox method and sold the sole copy to a private buyer for “millions” of dollars in 2015. Unfortunately, that buyer is one of the biggest dicks in the world: The conniving 30-something pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli.
On President’s Day last month, Shkreli had planned to play some of the unreleased tracks at Webster Hall in N.Y.C. But for whatever reason — though we can make some guesses — the event was cancelled last minute. Whether or not the Clan will release an eighth album is up in the air, so for now, fans should be content to dig into their old works and contemplate da mystery of chessboxin’ while they’re at it.
At 9 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Warfield. $55.40-$65; thewarfieldtheatre.com