RZA Says He Already Cashed $2 Million Check From Wu-Tang Album


RZA Says He Already Cashed $2 Million Check From Wu-Tang Album

Bobby Digital talks buyer Martin Shkreli’s fraud indictment with Bloomberg TV.

Published January 6, 2016

RZA didn’t waste anytime cashing that $2 million check courtesy of Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old disgraced entrepreneur indicted on fraud charges involving his former hedge fund.

Before the law caught up with Shkreli last month, he paid millions for the world’s most expensive album: Wu-Tang Clan’s One Upon A Time in Shaolin. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Bobby Digital talked details of the transaction.

For starters, RZA revealed that he met Shkreli through a third party. “We had a brief lunch and he did mention his love of hip hop,” he said. “I didn’t get a chance to read him. We talked briefly about where he comes from, briefly about what Wu-Tang means.”

He plans to donate a "significant" amount of the proceeds to charity, but wasn't aware of Shkreli's past before the album was sold. The former pharmaceutical executive became a public pariah for jacking up the price of an HIV/AIDS drug more than 4,000 percent. Shkreli is also the same guy who offered to bail Bobby Shmurda out just ahead of his own arrest and who also bashed RZA for not showing him “respect” for buying the album in spite of his stained reputation. 

RZA laughed off Shkreli’s diss. Provided that the album doesn't get seized by the feds, Shkreli, could do something “philanthropic” with the album so that other people can hear it, said RZA.

It’s obviously Shkreli’s choice what happens to the single-copy release, and RZA doesn’t regret selling it to him. “He bought the album, he can do what he wants,” he said. “I could never discriminate. If the most greatest man in the world was the man who wanted it, it would be his objective. If my enemy came to an auction and was like, ‘Yo, I want that picture of RZA just to throw darts at it’…I could never discriminate who appreciates art.” 


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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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