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."
aiyo @kanyewest last minute can i buy your album out so it dont get released publicly-- Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 11, 2016
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."
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.-- Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 11, 2016