Earlier this month, the Internet learned that loathed pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli copped Wu-Tang Clan‘s one-of-one album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for millions via online auction house Paddle8. Shkreli — the Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO known for attempting to raise the price of an AIDS pill from $13.50 to $750 — is apparently not stopping his hip-hop crossover there.
In a new interview with HipHopDX, Shkreli talks at length about his hip-hop fandom, siding with Action Bronson (because Albania) and why he’s beefing with the Wu’s RZA. He also reveals that his To-Do list includes bailing out Bobby Shmurda, the Brooklyn rapper currently locked up on weapons and gun charges on a $2 million bail.
“We’re actually in discussion to try to bail out Bobby Shmurda,” Shkreli said. “Forget whether you think he’s guilty or not, the guy should not be sitting in jail right now. It’s insane. He’s from Brooklyn. I’m from Brooklyn. He deserves a fair trial. He deserves good lawyers. He doesn’t have good lawyers. His label is hanging him out to dry and so I have a conference call tomorrow morning with them (Dec. 15). I’ll show up with $2 million bail money no fucking problem. He’s not going to flee the country. I’m not going to lose anything. I’m going to try to make that happen. That’s one thing I’m working on.”
Shmurda — whose claim to fame was the viral hit “Hot Boy” — was recently denied bond for a sixth time in the Manhattan Supreme Court (Dec. 3).
The Shkreli Q&A is chock full of quotables as he describes his views of hip-hop as an art, working with ghostwriters to potentially put out his own material and stressing that his actions aren’t born from a thirst for more cash.
“I’m not trying to make money,” he goes on to say. “That’s number one. I don’t need to make money. The arts for me is about art. Hip-hop for me is a lot of things. You get so many things with hip-hop. You get tremendous art.”
Shkreli then had a few choice words for RZA, who recently got in on the Twitter joke that he, any Clan members or actor Bill Murray would be able to swipe the LP back over the 88-year period it’s on lockdown.
We’re really getting the urge to call Bill Murray.
— RZA! (@RZA) December 11, 2015
“I can get down. I don’t think RZA knows that,” Shkreli said about his conflict with RZA. “I think he thinks I’m some powder puff white guy CEO that’s got too much money. No. No, no, no. I definitely don’t spend $2 million for nothing. That’s a lot of money, even if you’re Carl Icahn. I’d encourage him to shut the fuck up before he goes a little too far. We’ll see what happens. I think he’s a smart man. He definitely acts like his shit doesn’t stink and he invented rap. This concept of selling one album, this shit’s backfiring for him now…”
Read the full piece here. Billboard has reached out to RZA for further comment but did not immediately receive a response as of press time.