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At least we got Wu-Tang out of this election: Martin Shkreli live-streams Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

Martin Shkreli, the villainous former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO, is keeping his promise to release his “entire unreleased music collection” following President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory on Tuesday.

Shkreli is now live-streaming — his preferred pastime as he awaits trial for securities fraud — himself listening to previously unheard tracks from Wu-Tang Clan’s one-off record, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” which he bought at auction for a rumored $ 2 million in 2015.

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Shkreli — the Pharma Bro who gained infamy for hyper-inflating the cost of Daraprim, a drug in part used to treat AIDS patients — initially endorsed the Republican presidential nominee back in May. Then, one week later, wrote off his endorsement as “like an ironic joke thing” and said that rather he’d “abstain in protest.”

Earlier this year, Shkreli feuded with Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah over the release of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.”

“Initially, the Clan wanted to forbid the buyer from publicly releasing the album for 88 years, but over time decided to grant the buyer total freedom as long as the album wasn’t sold commercially,” according to Bloomberg.

When they found out the identity of the highest bidder, Wu-Tang told Bloomberg’s Businessweek offshoot that “significant portion of the proceeds” from the deal would be donated to charity.

Brendan Gauthier is assistant editor at Salon.

Brendan Gauthier.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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