Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli is infamous for many reasons. Last year his infamy grew because of a move he made in the music world: He paid $2 million for the exclusive rights to Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album.
Shkreli, who previously served as a Collect Records associate, claims to be sitting on a treasure trove of unreleased music from coveted acts like Nirvana, The Beatles, Tupac, Radiohead, Elliott Smith, The Smiths and Jimi Hendrix. And last month Shkreli announced that if Donald Trump was elected president, he’d release all this music for free.
Shkreli hasn’t exactly kept that promise. However he took to Periscope Tuesday night to stream snippets of that ultra-secretive Wu-Tang record and it sounds kind of fire. Some viewers recorded parts of the leak and uploaded them on YouTube. We know you want to hear Raekwon deliver a classic Wu-style intro and Inspectah Deck spit vintage bars.
Feeling sick yet?
This isn’t technically the first time Wu-Tang’s exclusive album has been heard in public. Last year RZA and Cilvaringz granted critics a 13-minute listening session at New York’s MoMA PS1. The one-of-one record was praised by Complex and from what we’ve heard, it’s easy to see why.
Shkreli said that he still plans on releasing the Wu-Tang album, which is technically his right to do, but he wants to coordinate with the Wu. Let’s hope he keeps his promise.
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