Bill Murray/Wu-Tang Heist Clause Is B.S., But RZA Might Steal the Album Anyway

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US actor Bill Murray arrives for the screening of the movie "La couleur des sentiments" (The Help), on the first day of the 37th US Film Festival, in Deauville, northwestern France. 

From time to time, everyone on the Internet gets a potent lesson in the timeless maxim "Don't believe everything you read." The most recent teachable moment was part of the media frenzy surrounding the $2 million sale of the Wu-Tang Clan's album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin to controversial mogul Martin Shkreli.

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According to a single tweet, the legendary rap collective retained some rights to the album as part of the sale -- they, or Bill Murray (who appeared alongside GZA and RZA in Jim Jarmusch's 2003 movie Coffee and Cigarettes), could reclaim it...but only in a heist.

The tweet was intended as a joke (as confirmed by Billboard), but was so widely reported as an actual clause in the bill of sale that RZA even responded:

The whole situation is so implausible (a finished, pressed album being sold to one person for $2 million) that hip-hop fans can probably be forgiven for believing Bill Murray would somehow be involved. "I have no comment," Shkreli cryptically told Newsweek in a statement, "other than I would honor the terms specified." He later continued the joke on Twitter: