Martin Shkreli Could Have Wu-Tang Clan Album Seized
Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:22:37
In yet more Martin Shkreli news, we hear today that his $2 million dollar copy of Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin could be seized if the prosecution determines that any of the $65 million dollars of security fraud charges he now faces was used to purchase it.
In a music genre filled with drugs, money, and bravado, a character like health care businessman Martin Shkreli, who first came to public attention when it was discovered he had raised the price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750 per pill, seems like a villain plucked directly from the mind of a rapper like RZA and dropped into an urban gangland saga set to thick rhymes and heavy beats. When it comes to placing hip-hop's role in a larger cultural context, a story of this magnitude is utterly fascinating.
Justin Hunte over at HipHopdx.com has some great analysis on the subject, asking, "Is it crazy to think of Martin Shkreli as being a product of the culture? Is it crazy to think of Martin Shkreli as hip-hop?" Watch the illuminating timeline video, The Martin Shkreli Breakdown, here:
Oddly enough, the FBI's New York bureau issued this tweet after Shkreli's arrest:
#Breaking no seizure warrant at the arrest of Martin Shkreli today, which means we didn't seize the Wu-Tang Clan album.— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) December 17, 2015
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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