Ghostface Killah brought the heat to Martin Shkreli. Ghostface decided it was time to release his response video to Shkreli’s “goon” video released two weeks ago, and trust me; Ghostface Killah’s video is pretty hardcore.
Ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli (labeled “Pharma Bro”) is on everyone’s radar due to his unsavory financial tactics while in business. He raised the price of a life-saving pharmaceutical drug from $13.50 to $750.00.
Shortly after, Shkreli squandered $2 million dollars on the latest Wu-Tang Clan album. Martin Shkreli has been consistently slammed since his antics became known to the public. Then late last year, Shkreli was arrested for federal security fraud charges and has been accused of running his companies like a Ponzi scheme. The Atlantic gives a detailed run-down of what Shrkeli is being charged with.
“Prosecutors in Brooklyn charged him with illegally taking stock from Retrophin Inc., a biotechnology firm he started in 2011, and using it to pay off debts from unrelated business dealings. He was later ousted from the company, where he’d been chief executive officer, and sued by its board.
“In the case that closely tracks that suit, federal prosecutors accused Shkreli of engaging in a complicated shell game after his defunct hedge fund, MSMB Capital Management, lost millions. He is alleged to have made secret payoffs and set up sham consulting arrangements. A New York lawyer, Evan Greebel, was also arrested early Thursday. He’s accused of conspiring with Shkreli in part of the scheme.”
Due to Shkreli’s excessive nature, he just happened to be the biggest bidder for the Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon A Time in Shaolin. RZA, who is the known leader and producer of the group, was unfamiliar of Shkreli and his business practices. Rumors were swarming that RZA had created a plan to get the Once Upon A Time in Shaolin album back from Shkreli; however, RZA came out denying that claim. This is where Ghostface Killah comes in.
While the Wu-Tang Clan has been relatively silent about the Martin Shkreli issue, rapper and Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah had a few choice words for Martin via TMZ.
“That s**thead,” Ghostface Killah told TMZ in reference to Shkreli. “F**k him. You don’t take some AIDS pill that you have for what? I guess it’s like $7 and then make it like $800. You don’t do that. I don’t care if he bought the Wu-Tang album.”
That is when all hell broke loose. The back and forth between Martin Shkreli and Ghostface Killah has been ongoing since early January. Here is a small timeline of their vicious exchange
- After Ghostface Killah released his statement, Martin Shkreli didn’t hold back on Twitter
Ghost mad that Shaolin outsold his last 5 albums… dude’s a non-profit rapper. Calls himself ironman, but sounds rusty AF @GhostfaceKillah— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) January 22, 2016
- Soon after this, TMZ ran into Ghostface Killah, who had harsh words for Shkreli, including calling him, “Michael Jackson nose kid.”
- Martin Shkreli releases a bizarre video on YouTube, complete with his own group of hood, “goons,” threatening possibly bodily harm to Ghostface Killah if he does not apologize for his comments.
- At the Power 105’s The Breakfast Club radio show, Shkreli did not hesitate to state that he is not scared of the Wu-Tang and mentioned he would “Slap Ghostface Killah if he were standing here.”
- Ghostface Killah released a video in retaliation and he seems to be very serious when he talks about wanting Shkreli shutting his mouth.
- Of course Shkreli did not take kindly to this video, and decided to vent via Twitter
The format of your apology was unacceptable, @GhostfaceKillah. The consequences will never be the same. (Also, stop making medical claims.)— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 9, 2016
This situation between Ghostface Killah and Martin Shkreli seems like it will get worse before it gets better. Hopefully, these two don’t take it beyond just words. It would be better to just settle whatever drama they have between them before things get out of hand.
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