Former pharma-CEO and all-around douchebag Martin Shkreli has finally revealed what he plans to do with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and hip-hop fans will not be impressed.
According to a new profile on Shkreli done by Allie Conti of Vice, the man who paid $2 million for the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s newest album is considering never allowing anyone else to hear it.
“Shkreli says he vacillates between wanting to destroy the record and dreaming of installing it in some remote place so that people have to make a spiritual quest to listen.”
Would you embark upon a dangerous mission to a remote part of the world just to hear a couple new Wu-Tang tracks? We didn’t think so. None of this is going to do anything to help salvage his “most hated man on the internet” label. Fortunately for Shkreli, he doesn’t really care. In fact, he relishes the role of the bad guy.
“I’m not just the heel of the music world. I want to be the world’s heel,” he said, breaking out a term from the pro wrestling dictionary (a “heel” is another term for “bad guy”).
Shkreli became a household name in 2015 when his pharmaceuticals company bought the licensing rights to the AIDS treatment drug Daraprim and jacked the price up over 5000%, from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. He then went on various television news shows to defend the blatant price gouging, which only made people hate him more.
He was arrested in December on securities fraud charges and faces up to 20-years in prison if convicted. He is currently out on bail.