Martin Shkreli, considered “the most hated man in America” today after soaring to public infamy by raising the cost of pharmaceutical drug used by HIV patients, has turned his sarcasm to Ghostface Killah, the Wu-Tang Clan’s singer.
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) January 29, 2016
Raising up the price of a pharmaceutical drug by more than 5,500 percent, the 32-year-old boastful pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million. Though arrested on fraud charges, Shkreli is currently out on a $5 million bond.
In a video featuring Martin Shkreli with a group of friends, the ex-pharma executive threatens Ghostface Killah, whose real name is Dennis Coles.
“You’re not a Ghost Killah, I’m sorry,” says Shkreli.
“You think it’s OK to beef with me. But that’s a big mistake… you’re an old man who has lost his relevance.”
“Without me, you’re nothing So don’t ever mention my name again, or there’ll be more of a price to pay than this video,” Shkreli adds, who appears alongside his three masked friends.
“If you ever say some dumb s— again, this album, this ‘Shaolin,’ I’m going to erase all your s— from this album, you understand?… I’m going to erase you from the record book of rap.”
“Without me, you’re nothing,” Shkreli said. “So don’t ever mention my name again, or there’ll be more of a price to pay than this video.”
“Even though I pity you, I have to give you some punishment… I expect you to write me a written apology, from the heart,” Shkreli said. “You think you’re the only tough guy from New York City?”
Coles previously said that he was not impressed by the way Shkreli raised the price of the drugs that were even being used by pregnant women.
— The Verge (@verge) January 25, 2016
“You don’t take some AIDs pill that you have for what $7 and then make it like $800,” he told TMZ, describing the former hedge fund manager as the “Michael Jackson nose kid”.
Shkreli also adds that Ghostface needs to apologize for calling him a “s***head,” or he’ll destroy the $2 million album he bought. He previously revealed in December that he spent $2 million to buy the sole copy of the band’s album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
As mentioned in my video, I expect a written apology, @GhostfaceKillah. At least 500 words, no grammatical errors and Shaolin stays intact.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) January 28, 2016
According to RZA, Shaolin attracted many suitors: “Private collectors, trophy hunters, millionaires, billionaires, unknown folks, publicly known folks, businesses, companies with commercial intent, young, old,” he says. “It varied.”
“You would get these rhyming couplets and soliloquies and stuff like that, but the couplets would really kind of jar you,” Shkreli says about Shakespeare and literature. “They would be really these big, soul-crushing moments that Shakespeare intended to stir your spirit. And in many ways, music does that.”
Shkreli has been drawing public attention before and after his arrest in December and has lashed out critics on social media, especially Twitter, where he streamed a video of himself online playing chess and bantering with remote viewers while sitting in his apartment. Shkreli was also accused of harassing a former employee and telling that man’s wife “I hope to see you and your four children homeless and will do whatever I can to assure this.”
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 27, 2016
Shkreli is accused of cheating and defrauding Retrophin, his former drug company to pay back his investors in his hedge funds. Though he has denied changes, the case is pending in Brooklyn federal court in New York City.
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