Since buying Wu-Tang Clan’s one-off album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin in 2015, Martin Shkreli has become one of the most hated men in hip-hop. But, did you know it almost got him killed?
According to the New York Daily News, in the weeks following the sale, Shkreli had a target on his back… after he blatantly disrespected Wu-Tang and RZA, as told by Cyrus Bozorgmehr — the man who oversaw the sale of the album for the Wu.
If you recall, there was a fake news story that claimed Wu-Tang Clan had a clause in the contract of the album sale that they can take it back… if they could steal it.
Well, Wu producer/affiliate Cilvaringz concocted a plan to play on this fake news, with Shkreli involved.
Here’s how it’d go: Cilvaringz and Wu members RZA, GZA, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah (all masked) would burst into Shkreli’s office, drug him unconscious and steal the album… but fail. The heist would be live-streamed… which will utimately garner headlines across all media.
From there, Shkreli would respond with an offer that he’d put 36,000 copies on sale for $100 each. If the sales goal was reached, he would release the album “and accept it belongs to the world.” If it didn’t, he would threatened to destroy the copy in an online stream.
Things didn’t go as planned though. Shkreli went off-script in an interview with HipHopDX and completely dissed the WU and frontman RZA. “This guy is f*cking full of himself, talking about how his sh*t is the best ever, how f*cking Bobby Digital was the best sh*t ever. I’d encourage him to shut the f*ck up before he goes a little too far. We’ll see what happens. I think he’s a smart man. He definitely acts like his sh*t- doesn’t stink and he invented rap,” he said in the interview.
Bozorgmehr says this set things off… and painted a real target on Shrekli’s back. “No one has ever dissed RZA, or the Clan like that. Ever … He had moved us into something bloodcurdlingly sinister whether any of us liked it or not,” he tells the NY Daily News. “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F*ck Wit. And there’s an awful lot of gangsta motherf*cers who’d be delighted to step to Martin first — no matter what anyone said. Man’s going down.”
Before anyone could get to him, he was arrested by the feds for securities fraud… which may have saved him life, according to the story.
Apparently, Cilvaringz called Shkreli days after he posted bail and told him he was in danger, but he didn’t care. He posted a video of himiself with masked goons threatening members of the Wu.
Fortunately for him, things never escalated further.
His securities fraud case is still pending.