After being found guilty of securities fraud and conspiracy last week, infamous “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli sat down for an interview… and played a bit of his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album he bought back in 2015.
During the interview, he nonchalantly brushed off any fears of jail time — he’s facing as much as 20 years in prison — before later, talking about the investment he made when purchasing the one-of-one Wu album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
At around the 47-minute mark, Shkreli says: “I’ve donated $10 million USD in charity over the last few years, mostly to people with rare diseases and my local high school in New York. This is the kind of life I live. I don’t buy fancy things. I donated $2 million USD to the Wu-Tang Clan and I got a mixtape in return, it was a wonderful investment. I view it as a donation. People might see that as splurging. I don’t think there are many people in the world that would have patronized hip-hop to the extent that I have. People think that was a display of wealth, some grandiose show-off. And I think that in essence when the Wu-Tang Clan is trying to sell an album for $2 million USD when 50,000 copies would do the same, it’s an act of basically looking for a handout. And I obliged. I certainly didn’t need to buy a Wu-Tang album for $2 million but I did, and it’s for my love of music.”
From there, the interviewer then asks if it’s playable, to which he responds: “Let’s see.” And, played some of the album.
Shkreli is free on $5 million bail, as he awaits sentencing. He doesn’t believe he’ll receive a harsh sentence.
Watch the interview below: