In what was possibly the weirdest — and best — story from the weird place that is the internet in 2015, price gouging pharma CEO Martin Shkreli was revealed as the mysterious buyer of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the one-of-a-kind album by the Wu-Tang Clan that was auctioned off by the infamous hip-hop group.
Since then, Shkreli has been fired from pretty much all of his jobs and was arrested for securities fraud. The fate of the album itself, which cannot be legally sold or distributed for 88-years according to the contract of sale, remains up in the air. The FBI claims they did not seize it during Shkreli’s arrest.
RZA, the unofficial leader of Wu-Tang, recently sat down with Bloomberg Business to talk about Shkreli buying the album, since no one in the group really knew who he was when the sale went through. It was only afterwards that Shkreli raised the price of an important HIV/AIDS drug by 5,500 percent, sparking outrage across all social media platforms and making himself the most hated man on the internet.
So what does RZA think now? Basically, he doesn’t care at all. After all, he already got paid.
He bought it, he can do whatever he wants… I can never discriminate. If the greatest man in the world is the one who wanted to possess it, it would’ve been his objective. If my enemy came to an auction and was like, ‘Yo, I want that picture of RZA just to throw darts at it.’ It’s being auctioned. That’s something I could never ever, at this age in my life… discriminate who appreciates art.
So, bottom line: the joke’s on Shkreli for paying $2 million for a new album that probably isn’t even that good.
Check out more of RZA’s interview in the video below.