When Shkreli bought the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan's art statement/album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin he ensured his name would be remembered, even if only by salty hip-hop heads. And it comes from a rather unlikable source.
You'll remember Shkreli as the guy whose company Turing Pharmaceuticals jacked the price of a life-saving drug 5,000% from $13.50 a pill to $750, and then smirked his way through a House hearing in February. "He said himself, "[the album] can be given away for free" and "it will be the owner's decision to release it or keep it as a single unit, not the Wu-Tang Clan's". He has been streaming samples of the album on YouTube.
So, as we all know, Trump is the new president-elect and were wondering where our songs are!
Shkreli had bought Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, of which the NY rap ensemble made only one record, for US$2 million (RM8.51 million).
Despite Staten Island having voted overwhelmingly for the Trump Train with over 57% of their votes, it would appear that the Shaolin hailing Wu-Tang Clan's 2014 album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin may finally see public light of day.
The contractor has partially kept his word by posting Wednesday on Periscope videos in which he gloats after the landslide election victory of Donald Trump on returning to his Manhattan apartment.
Sipping on a Coca-Cola with a "Bernie 2016" sticker prominently displayed, Shkreli played a few snippets from the album - a signature Wu-Tang intro featuring dramatic kung-fu movie samples, and a Bomb Squad-y verse from Method Man, shared while playing along with an acoustic guitar.
Earlier this year Shkreli was revealed as being the buyer of the album, which he purchased for $2million in 2015.
If you're one of the many lamenting the USA election results then you can find some solace in an unlikely source, last year's supervillain - big pharma boy Martin Shkreli.
Shkreli's actual promise was to release every rare cut as uncompressed FLAC files, so there's still a way to go before he lives up to his end of the bargain, and a lot of records to follow once the sought-after Wu-Tang drop. Although a bad livestream like this seems to be allowable, I wouldn't expect Shkreli to put the entire album up on SoundCloud any time soon.