Back in September when Bullett first reported that Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing pharmaceutical, the infamous price-gouging AIDS-drug pharma bro, was bankrolling an independent record label, and he became the subject of the entire music world’s ire, we sort of figured that would be the end of his career in music, and hopefully the last we’d hear from him. We were wrong! Last week Shkreli said the lesson he took away from the his time as the country’s most reviled capitalist was that he should’ve raised the price of the drug higher. And now he’s back in music news again today, with the announcement that he is now the sole owner of the infamous single-copy Wu Tang album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for which he paid a tidy sum of $2 million.
Turns out the bidding on the album happened around the same time as Shkreli’s infamy was surfacing, Bloomberg reports.
RZA addressed the sale in a statement, writing: “The sale of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was agreed upon in May, well before Martin Skhreli’s [sic] business practices came to light. We decided to give a significant portion of the proceeds to charity.”
Shkreli, who has apparently not listened to the record yet, has been hosting a live stream on his YouTube channel, where people presumed he might have played some of the record, but appears not to be the case.