LOL, 'Pharma Bro' Troll Martin Shkreli Has to Hand Over His Prized Wu-Tang Album to the Feds

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A judge ruled that pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has to fork over nearly $7.4 million to Uncle Sam, including his stake in his prized Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.


Hip hop legends Wu-Tang sold the album—the only copy of the 31-track double album in existence—to the highest bidder back in 2015; Shkreli paid $2 million for it. It may soon belong to the feds, and I’m going to go way off brand for a second and say that might actually be an improvement.

Shkreli is known (and reviled) for buying Daraprim—an anti-parasite medication used by pregnant women, children, and those with HIV—back in 2015 and increasing the price by 5000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 a tablet. He was convicted of securities fraud in 2017 after scamming hedge-fund investors, and could face several years in jail.

Along with his rare piece of music history, Shkreli has to forfeit $5 million of cash from his E-trade account, a Picasso painting, unreleased Lil Wayne album The Carter V, and the shares from his pharmaceutical company, Vyera Pharmaceuticals.

Maybe Wu-Tang should use this opportunity to officially release Once Upon A Time in Shaolin to the public as a fuck-you—because Ghostface Killah calling Shkreli the “Michael Jackson nose kid” one time in 2016 was not enough.

Staff writer, mint chocolate hater.



Wait... he has The Carter V?!

Hey Feds, y’all got a Soundcloud you wanna share with us?