Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli bragged about wanting to post $2 million bail for a jailed rapper and revealed he has his own ambitions to be a hip-hop artist in a bizarre, foul-mouthed interview that was published just one day before he was arrested by the FBI on securities fraud.
Shkriel, who shot to infamy this year as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals when he raised the price of a drug that treats a rare disorder in pregnant women and HIV and cancer patients by 5,000 percent (from $13.50 to $750 a pill).
The 32-year-old got more press this month when he was revealed as the mystery buyer of the coveted Wu-Tang Clan album The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, buying the CD for $2 million, Bloomberg Business reported.
In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Shkreli said he wanted to put up the bail for Brooklyn, New York, rapper Bobby Shmurda – but said he’d probably make him put out an album as repayment.
“Look, the guy’s going to have to record for me if he comes out,” Shkreli told DX. “I’ll show up with $2 million bail money no f—ing problem I’ll just come out and say it I’m not doing this for free. I’m a fan and I’m a business man.”
Shkreli says he wants to help Shmurda because they are both from Brooklyn and Shmurda is “New York’s best chance for rap since 50 Cent.”
Shkreli added: “[Shmurda] reminds me of me, quite frankly.”
He said his plan stems from his desire to break into the music industry. He noted that in “500 years, they’re going to talk about rap the same way we talk about Shakespeare.”
“I just want to throw my hat in the ring, that’s all. I don’t want to make money I’m trying to get somewhere in the industry.”
Shmurda (neé Ackquille Pollard) was arrested in 2014 on gang conspiracy and gun charges, the New York Times reports. His legal woes gained even more attention when his label, Epic Records, distanced itself from the rapper – and Shmurda’s $2 million bail, according to Rolling Stone. WCBS-TV reports that a New York judge has refused to consider lowering the bail.
Shkreli also took a swipe at Wu-Tang Clan member Robert “RZA” Diggs, who seemed to distance himself from Shkreli when it emerged that he was the $2 million buyer of the group’s one-of-a-kind album The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
“If I hand you $2 million, f—ing show me some respect. At least have the decency to say nothing or ‘no comment,’ ” he said. “I f—ing make money. What do you think I do, make cookies? I sell drugs. I felt insulted.”
Shmurda and RZA weren’t the only hip hop mentions in Shkreli’s interview.
Shkreli revealed that he’s written some rap lyrics that are just “alright.” But he said he’s “even talking to some ghost writers.”
“If Drake can do it, I can do it.”