Martin Shkreli is at it again. After threatening to destroy Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album he purchased for millions (and starting some major beef with Ghostface Killah in the process), the mega pharmadouche has now set his evil sights on a new target: Kanye West.
In a series of tweets this afternoon, Shkreli expressed his desire to buy Yeezy’s new album, The Life of Pablo, before it receives a commercial release. While at first glance it may sound like a bit of fanboy gibberish, it’s clear Shkreli has a (surprise!) douche-y agenda, and that’s to stop the highly-anticipated LP from ever making it into the public’s hands. “aiyo @kanyewest last minute can i buy your album out so it dont get released publicly,” he writes.
In a follow-up tweet, Shkreli posted the image of an actual offer letter in the amount of a whopping $10 million. “I am writing to you in hopes of convincing you to withhold the release of your forthcoming studio album,” the message reads.
“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.” Elsewhere in the letter, Shrkeli mentions that The College Dropout “inspired me to succeed at a young age.” Yeah, I threw up a little bit in my mouth, too.
Though it seems highly unlikely that Kanye would enter into such an agreement that prioritizes money over art and integrity, or do business with someone like Shkreli, it’s possible that the offer may have an effect on the album’s release — still a win in the pharmadouche king’s book.
“Kanye and his label are legally required to take my offer letter to their Board of Directors,” Shkreli says in another tweet. “This should delay the album by a few days.”
It’s safe to say that Shkreli is well on his way to truly becoming “the heel of the world.”
The Life of Pablo is officially out later today; Kanye just finished debuting it at a special listening party in New York City.