Back in December, Wu-Tang Clan auctioned off their one-off album, Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, to the highest bidder. It just so happened that the highest bidder was the "most hated man in America," Martin Shkreli, who purchased the album for a whopping $2 million.
You may remember Shkreli as the pharma exec who purchased a crucial anti-parasitic drug, used for HIV/AIDS treatment, and hiked up the price by %5,000. Now he may possibly go to jail for fraud, and he supposedly hasn't even listened to the album yet.
When talking about the controversy that spawned from the album auction, Shkreli attacked RZA. “I bought the most expensive album in the history of mankind and f---ing RZA is talking s--t behind my back and online in plain sight,” said Shkreli in a HipHopDX interview on December 16th. “If I hand you $2 million, f---ing show me some respect.”
Fast track to RZA's recent interview and the artist really has nothing negative to say about Shkreli at all. He states that he can't discriminate against someone who appreciates art, and that if a piece of art is up for auction, he's not going to say one person can't buy it.
“He bought it, he can do what he wants,” explained RZA in an interview with John Heilemann. “At this age in my life, I could never, never discriminate against anyone who appreciates art. If he wants to be philanthropic he can do something that allows more people to hear the record.”
You can watch the complete interview with RZA via Bloomberg.