Buying Wu-Tang Clan's $2 Million Album Almost Cost Martin Shkreli His Life

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli leaves after his appearance at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on the first day of his securities fraud trial on June 26, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  Jury selection began today in the trial where Shkreli faces eight counts of securities and wire fraud. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Buying Wu-Tang Clan's $2 Million Album Almost Cost Martin Shkreli His Life

Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to f**k with.

Published July 2, 2017

Martin Shkreli is disliked by a lot of people, and that’s mostly self-inflicted, but who knew it would actually threaten his life?

The multi-millionaire and purchaser of Wu-Tang Clan’s $2 million album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin was reportedly targeted for comments he made about RZA.

Cyrus Bozorgmehr, the author of a new book detailing the precedent-setting album’s creation and eventual sale, says had the feds not arrested the Pharma Bro on securities fraud charges in December 2015, he would’ve been in grave danger. Apparently, Shkreli’s beef with the Wu-Tang headman sparked a gang war.

“There had to be retaliation for this ... maybe even bullets from a Staten Island crew who wouldn't let the Clan get dissed by this f**k,” claims the author of the bombshell new book titled the same as the album.

Bozorgmehr took part in the tribunal wielding and final authorization of the historic album purchase. At the time, Shkreli only identified himself as “Mr. S.”

He, along with crafters of the album’s financial dealings, were supposed to set up a heist surrounding the album, and all went according to plan until Shkreli went off script and trashed RZA in an interview with HipHopDX.

“This guy is f***ing full of himself, talking about how his s**t is the best ever, how f***ing Bobby Digital (RZA's persona as a solo artist) was the best s**t ever,” he said. “I’d encourage him to shut the f**k 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 s**t doesn't stink and he invented rap.”

The diss apparently had some Staten Island goons ready to step to scrawny former pharmaceuticals CEO.

“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,” Bozorgmehr wrote. “Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F**k Wit,” he continued. “And there's an awful lot of gangsta m****rf***ers who'd be delighted to step to Martin first — no matter what anyone said. Man's going down.”

Ironically and luckily for Shkreli, the FBI moved in to arrest him at 6 a.m. the next morning. Even Cilvaringz (the master behind the album) called Shkreli two days after he was released on bail and tried to explain to him how violence in his life was imminent. After Shkreli subsequently taunted other members of the Wu and even made threats like, "A message to (late Wu-Tang member) ODB. Make some room in heaven, because your brothers are about to join you," his life was even more in danger.

"That would have been tantamount to inciting a gang war," Bozorgmehr claims.

Ultimately, nothing has happened, yet. Just remember though, Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to f**k with!

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)


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