Despite rocketing to public enemy number one earlier in the year, pharmaceutical supervillain Martin Shkreli has at least done one good deed for the year. As reported by Consequence Of Sound, he appears to be keeping the promise he made to stream his one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album in the case of a Donald Trump election victory.
Last month, Shkreli made the bold promise to drop his entire collection of unreleased music in the case of a Trump victory – what seemed like a fairly remote possibility, with almost every poll handing the eventual outcome to Hillary Clinton.
If Trump wins, my entire unreleased music collection, including unheard Nirvana, Beatles, and of course, Wu-Tang, comes out, for free.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 27, 2016
That collection, of course, includes the single pressing of the Wu-Tang’s 31-track double album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which Shkreli reportedly paid $2million dollars for. Now, with hell freezing over and the world in shock, Shkreli actually seems to be keeping his promise – albeit one snippet at a time.
Ok so I have unreleased wu, Beatles, 2pac, nirvana, radiohead, Hendrix, brand new, smiths, Elliot smith, Ramones… What do you want first?
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) November 9, 2016
Shkreli’s actual promise was to release every rare cut as uncompressed FLAC files, so there’s still a way to go before he lives up to his end of the bargain, and a lot of records to follow once the sought-after Wu-Tang drop.
There’s also the added complication that under the terms of the purchase agreement, Shkreli may technically be unable to release the record in its entirety – legally, at least.
With plenty of unheard cuts from some massive bands, we can only hope that this is just the beginning of a torrent of hidden gems, although it’ll take a lot more than a few gestures to redeem “the most hated man in America”.
The 32-year-old former hedge fund manager and founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals, made headlines for hiking the price of Daraprim, a drug commonly used to treat people with compromised immune systems, such as AIDS and cancer patients, from $13.50 to $750 a tablet.