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  • Author Existence Failure: Ol' Dirty Bastard, who passed away in 2004.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
  • Creator Backlash: Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Raekwon are not keen with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, Method Man finding the infamous "88 year ban" enforcement a bit too much (even more so when the media changed his words around), Killah saying it's "Not a Wu-Tang Clan album", and Raekwon finding the "88 year ban" in his words, 'bullshit'. Killah was more or less furious when the album was sold to Shkreli and has even said the album belongs to the people.
    • Even RZA has shown regret: While he's happy with the album's controversial release with it being in the books and discussed, even he admitted that giving the album to Shkreli was bad and even stated he wish he had bought it away from him, but cannot due to the contract he and Ringz placed on it.
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  • Executive Meddling: Somewhat in a more darker kind. It seemed none of the members were told about RZA's idea of enforcing the "88 year rule" for Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, Method Man confirming in an interview that he wasn't even told about him, Killah and Raekwon finding the whole treatment of the album very degrading. U-God was incredibly vocal about this and even his managers (along with Wu Associates Killa Sin) have confirmed that the album was never a Wu album, but an album by Cilvaringz.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, given only one copy was made: The sole copy came with a huge black box that held a medium sized nickle box that also housed a casing which within that held a CD-like case that held the two CDs of the album. The sole copy also came with a 180 page book that contained the liner notes of the album, the lyrics, and even the album track list (which the only known ones by fans are "Intro", "The Magnificent Butchers", "Stone Him", a title track, and "Dirty Bomb"). Other known factors that were sold were speakers that bared the Wu-Tang logo and the words "ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN..." on the bottom. The album was originally owned by controversial business man Martin Shkreli before it was seized by the government due to frauds.
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  • Name's the Same: Ghostface Killah made a song called "Baby" and it has nothing to do with the other "Baby" or the other other "Baby"
  • Old Shame: RZA and GZA's albums before the Clan was formed.
  • Sleeper Hit: 36 Chambers may have emerged during a time when it was possible to drop an ultra-hard album that didn't give a fuck about radio play or white listeners and still expect to go platinum, but the fact of the matter is that they had no real hype outside of "Protect Ya Neck" (which was a minor underground hit, but didn't make massive waves and wasn't attached to a mixtape or anything else that they could easily hustle on sidewalks or out of the trunks of cars). They emerged on the scene as unknowns with one of the hardest, most raw and unapproachable albums of its day that was defined by sparse, barebones production, minimal hooks, and dense, complex rapping from rappers with a wide variety of styles, and while it is conceivable that another act of this sort could have had a minor hit like this given the time period, their explosive ascendancy from underground unknowns to the ensemble of the East Coast and one of the most famous names in hip-hop was a major anomaly.


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