It's been nearly three months since Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli increased the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 and subsequently caused the entire internet to combust with rage. But like so many men predisposed to speak thoughtlessly, Shkreli did not go gentle into that good night.
Recently, he elicited outrage after purchasing the single copy of the Wu-Tang's newest album for $2 million. Today, HipHopDX published a charming interview with the disgraced former hedge fund manager turned pharma CEO and the ensuing quotes read like the rambling confessions of a very rich monster man. Behold:
Shkreli on bailing out Bobby Shmurda:
His label is hanging him out to dry and so I have a conference call tomorrow morning with them (December 15). I’ll show up with $2 million bail money no fucking problem.
Shkreli on the similarities between him and Shmurda:
He reminds me of me, quite frankly. The guy’s totally irreverent. He doesn’t give a damn what people think. Totally irreverent. Totally I don’t give a fuck. I love him.
Shkreli on his merits as an Albanian, relative to other Albanians in a broad historical context:
I’m the most successful Albanian to ever walk the face of this Earth.
Shkreli's on his beef with Wu-Tang's RZA (RZA isn't happy Shkreli purchased the album):
I’m just getting fed up. If he doesn’t think I have the resources to do something, he fucking doesn’t know me. If Ghostface can make people disappear, what the fuck do you think I can do?
Shkreli on his meeting with RZA, and whether the SOHO House impresses him:
I met the guy at the SOHO House. The place doesn’t impress me.
Shkreli on his potential rap career:
I’ve reached out to a few producers and a few feature artists just to test the waters. I would never put anything out unless it was just golden. I don’t need to embarrass myself. I’m doing fine in pharma. I don’t need another career, but I love creativity. I write music.
Shkreli on rap and Shakespeare:
In 500 years, they’re going to talk about rap the same way we talk about Shakespeare.
Shkreli on whether he's the real deal:
I’m definitely the real fucking deal. This is not a fucking act.
Shkreli on his trips to Las Vegas:
I fucking travel around [Las Vegas] with fucking $2 million or $3 million in cash like Floyd Mayweather.
Shkreli on whether he'd play the Wu-Tang album for anyone else:
I’m not going to play it for no reason. If Taylor Swift wants to come over and suck my dick, I’ll play it for her. [Laughs]
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.