Ghostface recently called the controversial pharmaceutical CEO a 'shithead'
The hip-hop group recently sold their one-of-a-kind album ‘Once Up A Time In Shaolin’ to Shkreli in December for $2 million (£1.4 million), with Ghostface recently referring to Shkreli as a “shithead” while urging him to release the record publicly so fans could hear it.
Shkreli had previously made headlines and angered many by buying the rights to life-saving drug Daraprim and increasing its cost from $13.50 a pill to $750.
Talking to TMZ recently, Ghostface Killah said “That shithead bought it, you know what I mean? You don’t take some Aids pill [Daraprim] that you have for seven dollars, and make it like eight hundred dollars. You don’t do that, I don’t care if you bought the Wu Tang whatever.”
“I don’t even know him”, he continued. “When I heard what he did with the Aids [drug]… It’s out of my hands, man, you know what I mean? I want the owner [to be] the people. Of course [I’d like it out in public]. What are you going to hold it for 88 years for?” A stipulation in the contract means that the ‘Shaolin’ album cannot be released publicly for 88 years.
Now Shkreli has responded to Ghostface’s comments, claiming that the rapper is “mad” that the one-copy album “outsold his last five albums”, continuing to describe him as “a non-profit rapper”.
“Calls himself ‘Ironman’ [the title of Ghostface’s 1996 debut], but sounds rusty as fuck,” Shkreli added. See the tweet in full below.
Since buying the Wu Tang album, Martin Shkreli has been arrested for securities fraud.
Wu-Tang Clan de-facto lead RZA previously implied that Shkreli has the power to do what he wants to do with the record, saying: “He bought it, he can do what he wants. The beautiful thing about art, from my standpoint, is that it has no discrimination.”
“If Mr. Shkreli feels philanthropic, he has the power to do something really cool, you know what I mean? He could do something that would allow more people to hear the record.”