When there is such consistency in someone’s behavior, you can really declare this person is an obnoxious prick. Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old Pharmaceuticals CEO, who fucked up the lives of many people by jacking up the price of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per tablet, had already made the headlines when he bought the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s secret album ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaoli’ for millions. But he doesn’t want to stay there, in a new interview with Hip Hop DX on Monday, Shkreli explained his new plans, and it’s not pretty. First of all it concerns rapper Bobby Shmurda, who was arrested for a drug problem a year ago, and has been sitting in prison awaiting for a trial since. His label, Epic Records has refused to bail him out, and the court has denied his requests for bail, but Shkreli is now saying he wants to bail Shmurda for $2 million:
‘We’re actually in discussion to try to bail out Bobby Shmurda. Forget whether you think he’s guilty or not, the guy should not be sitting in jail right now. It’s insane. He’s from Brooklyn. I’m from Brooklyn. He deserves a fair trial. He deserves good lawyers. He doesn’t have good lawyers. His label is hanging him out to dry and so I have a conference call tomorrow morning with them (December 15). I’ll show up with $2 million bail money no fucking problem. He’s not going to flee the country. I’m not going to lose anything. I’m going to try to make that happen. That’s one thing I’m working on.’
But of course, with Shkreli, any action comes with a special price:
‘I’m a fan and I’m a business man. I’m not going to do this for free. He’s going to have to do something for me. I don’t know what that’s going to look like yet. He’s going to owe me one, obviously. I’d like to pay for his legal defense as well. I’m a big fan but also I’m an opportunist. You know that. I see an opportunity here. He’s a talented guy. Every concert I go to, people yell “Free Shmurda.” He reminds me of me, quite frankly. The guy’s totally irreverent. He doesn’t give a damn what people think. Totally irreverent. Totally I don’t give a fuck. I love him. I just love that style. He’s from not far from where I’m from in Brooklyn. I’d love to help him out. I wish someone would have helped me out when I needed help. He doesn’t have much money, I know that. He’s definitely hurting for money. He needs a bailout, basically. I’d like to help him out. No big promises, but I’ll see what I can do. Like I said, if I can post the $2 million, I’d do it tomorrow. I’m working on it and hopefully we’ll see him free soon.’
What does this mean, ‘He’s going to have to do something for me.’… ‘He’s going to owe me one’? Another special album for his face? There’s so much arrogance in his declaration, and it doesn’t sound too far away from 19th century mentality where a rich white master was buying a new slave… really disgusting mentality.
He also had a lot to say about RZA’s comment about him buying the album, and this is becoming a bit over the top?
‘I thought we’d keep it as if it was fine. I bought the album. [There’s a ] big fucking check in RZA and Cilvaringz’ pocket now, but if they’re starting to turn up on me… The Albanian community is a very weird community. We’re some of the most tight-knit kind-of kill for each other, die for each other motherfuckers there are. People say it’s one of the craziest ethnicities there is in terms of their loyalty and bloodlines and shit like that. This [Wu-Tang] thing is starting to get pretty tense. You probably see that increasingly. I’m getting pretty frustrated by it. I bought the most expensive album in the history of mankind and fucking RZA is talking shit behind my back and online in plain sight. I’m just getting pissed off. That’s not the way I do business. If I hand you $2 million, fucking show me some respect. At least have the decency to say nothing or “no comment.” The guy says “…before his business practices came to light.” What the fuck does that mean? I fucking make money. That’s what I do. That’s why I can fucking afford a fucking $2 million album. What do you think I do, make cookies? No, motherfucker. I sell drugs. I felt insulted’…. ‘You’ve got to research Albanians, it’s the most hot tempered culture there is. I have a crazy temper myself. He’s from the streets. The guy hasn’t been in the hustle in 20 years. He doesn’t want to get me angry and I’m getting angry.’
What is this? Is he sending threats to the Wu Tang-Clan? He obviously belongs to this generation of millennials who think money can buy everything… How did this scumbag end up so rich? He is no gangster rap but he wants to talk like one, and even wants to become one:
‘I told RZA and I told Bloomberg that Shakespeare is my s**t. Binding couplets is no f***ing different than [GZA]. GZA is literally a genius. Not everyone loves his flow. I can do something like that, I guarantee it. I’ve reached out to a few producers and a few feature artists just to test the waters. I would never put anything out unless it was just golden. I don’t need to embarrass myself. I’m doing fine in pharma.’
This is turning just insane.
Update: as I was writing this article, the news came in, Shkreli was just arrested by federal agents at his Manhattan home early Thursday morning on securities fraud related to a firm he founded, according to Bloomberg Business
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