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Vilified Drug Exec Who Bought Wu-Tang Clan Album Offers $10 Million For Kanye's 'The Life Of Pablo'

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:37:26 Z)

The pharmaceutical company investor vilified for dramatically raising the price of an AIDS pill and buying the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan's "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin," is now offering $10 million for Kanye West's latest album.

Martin Shkreli tweeted the offer for "The Life of Pablo," along with a formal letter making the proposal:

"I am writing you in hopes of convincing you to withhold the release of your forthcoming studio album. Instead of releasing this product for your millions of fans I ask you to sell this recording solely to me, for the price of $10,000,000. I believe you (and your partners) will find this financial arrangement more attractive than your current course of action."

Shrekli, 32, explained the he has "been a tremendous fan" of West for years. "Specifically, the album 'The College Dropout" inspired me to succeed at a young age."

Shrekli, who repeatedly involved the 4th amendment privilege against self-incrimination when refusing to answer congressional questions about his business, argued in a tweet that "Kanye and his label are legally required to take my offer letter to their Board of Directors. This should delay the album by a few days."

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after a 26-year career with CNN. He mainly covers entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosts a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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