Controversial figure was not allowed to release the one-of-a-kind album commercially for 88 years
Martin Shkreli has fulfilled his promise to leak a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album if Donald Trump won the US Presidential election.
Known for his extravagant, self-publicising lifestyle, Shkreli has frequently been labelled the most unpopular man in America. The pharmaceutical CEO first made headlines after his company increased the price of Aids drug Daraprim by 5,556% from £10 to £577.
Shkreli was later revealed to be the buyer behind the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s double album ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ in 2015. He paid $2million for the record, with the stipulation that he doesn’t release it commerically for 88 years. Shkreli later engaged in a war of words with several Wu-Tang members, including Ghostface Killah.
After promising to leak unreleased Nirvana, The Beatles and Wu-Tang Clan music if Trump was elected, Shkreli aired several songs from the Wu-Tang record in a livestream during the early hours. You can see footage below, as well as tweets from Shkreli leading up to the leak.
He’s cucked us yet again.
sorry martin, someone was gonna do it anyway
Pitchfork reports that Shkreli said that he would negotiate with Wu-Tang Clan for a wider release of the album.
Some of Shkreli’s other publicity stunts have included offering Kanye West $15m to become the only person to own his album ‘The Life Of Pablo’. He also donated $2,700 to former Democrat Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign after Sanders called him “the poster child of greed”.
Last month the CEO claimed he was auctioning off the chance for one person to punch him in the face.