Rappers Ghostface Killah and Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to voice their frustration over their album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The album’s only copy was bought by disgraced businessman Martin Shkreli in 2015 for $2 million. Following Shkreli’s conviction last year on conspiracy to commit securities fraud, the album has been in the possession of the federal government.
In their appearance on The Late Show, Ghostface Killah and Method Man humorously implored United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release the album. Although the fate of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is in the hands of the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, as head of the Department of Justice, Sessions has much sway over what will happen to the record. Speaking to a Keebler elf that was meant as a stand-in for Sessions, Method Man argued, “That album belongs to the people.” Colbert, speaking for Keebler Sessions, refused to turn over the album for free, saying that he was filled with C.R.E.A.M., or “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” The two then warned Keebler Sessions that they would settle the dispute through the ancient ways of Shaolin before snatching the cookie from Colbert’s hand and eating it.
Despite the humorous skit, Wu-Tang Clan remains greatly concerned with the final fate of the album. Speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine last month, fellow member RZA told of how the group wants the album back and that the record has almost taken on a life of its own. Comparing the album to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, RZA hopes that whatever the final fate of the album is, it will be respected and treated in a proper manner.