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Martin Shkreli
Martin Shkreli

A pharmaceutical boss just bought Wu-Tang’s $2 million album

It turns out that Martin Shkreli, the guy who hiked up the price of a critical Aids drug, is really into hip hop

Remember that one-of-a-kind, engraved silver Wu-Tang Clan album (Once Upon a Time in Shaolin) that went up for auction earlier this year? And remember how, when it was finally sold, everyone thought that it was Quentin Tarantino who must have bought it? After all, he’s the only person who is a) obsessed with Wu-Tang Clan and b) has enough millions in the bank to afford it, right? WRONG! It turns out that there’s one more person that fits that description – and he’s also, notoriously, a massive dickhead.

In darkly hilarious (but depressing) news, the buyer is actually rich boy Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical boss who is infamous for raising the price of critical Aids drug Daraprim by 5000% (from $13.50 to $750 per tablet), meaning that most Aids-positive individuals were unable to afford it. In other words, he’s an evil billionaire.

According to Bloomberg, the album was sold to Shkreli through online art marketplace Paddle8. In response to any backlash, Shkreil commented: “At the end of the day, they didn’t buy the last album or the one before that, and all they had to pay was $10.”

Apparently, he hasn’t even listened to it yet. “I could be convinced to listen to it earlier if Taylor Swift wants to hear it or something like that,” he explained. “But for now, I think I’m going to kind of save it for a rainy day.”

Update: Martin Shkreli has since decided to live-stream an excel sheet which includes names of all the artists he would pay to create an exclusive album for him. Some artists included on the list are The Smiths, David Bowie and Kanye West.