Joe Rogan Says He Wants to Buy Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album

Martin Shkreli seems to be obsessed with hoarding what others can’t have. The infamous “pharma bro,” who is now in jail after several counts of fraud, is loathed across the nation for his predatory pricing of life-saving drugs. Now, Shkreli is the sole owner of a mysterious exclusive Wu-Tang Clan album. 

Joe Rogan is not happy about that. In fact, during a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan told Wu-Tang Clan member RZA that he wants to buy the album off Shkreli. 

The rise and fall of Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli
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“Politicians love to beat up on guys that are seen to be public enemies, if you will,” said Martin Shkreli in a 2015 Forbes health care conference. And Shkreli wasn’t wrong, but there’s a caveat — he’s not just seen as a public enemy, he is one. 

Martin Shkreli is famous for hiking up a drug, Daraprim, that helps treat and prevent toxoplasmosis, especially in individuals who are HIV positive. Shkreli hiked the cost of the drug up from $13.50 a pill, to $750. 

Shkreli was appropriately pilloried for his action, which was an absolutely shameless act of money-grubbing. However, Shkreli has continued to defend his actions, which put lives in danger, as capitalism at work. 

Shkreli soon came face-to-face with the law, however. Shkreli was eventually found guilty of defrauding investors for up to $10 million, and is currently serving 7 years on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiring to commit securities fraud. 

The mysterious Wu-Tang album 

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Martin Shkreli seems to revel in doing whatever he wants simply because he can. In 2014, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA announced that the group would be selling a single copy of a new album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.”

At the time, RZA said, “We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like someone having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” 

Wu-Tang announced that the buyer would have total freedom to with the album as they wished, so long as it was not utilized commercially. Essentially, the owner of the album could choose to share it, or choose to remain the only person outside of Wu-Tang who had ever heard it. It’s not hard to imagine which choice someone like Shkreli would make. 

Unfortunately, this became a reality. Rumors are that Shkreli shelled out $2 million to purchase the album during its online auction on Paddle8. At the time, Shkreli was concerned that Wu-Tang might bail on the deal. Shkreli performed his infamous drug price hike shortly after purchasing the album. 

At the time, Shkreli said, “I was a little worried that they were going to walk out of the deal. But by then we’d closed. The whole kind of thing since then has been just kind of ‘Well, do we want to announce it’s him? Do we not want to announce it’s him?’ I think they were trying to cover their butts a little bit.”

Shkreli, naturally, has not shared the album with anyone. Now, Joe Rogan wants to change that. 

Joe Rogan wants that album

Joe Rogan
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On a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan dished on wanting to purchase the album from Martin Shkreli to RZA. 

“That guy’s gotta be broke…is there a way I can buy that off him?” Rogan pondered. Rogan went on to add that if he got ahold of the album, he’d spread it to fans across the world. 

“I would release that online…Or release it with you [RZA]. But that, sitting there, makes no sense to me. That box looks dope. When you get out Martin, holla at your boy,” said Rogan.

RZA then said that Shkreli would probably never sell the album, mostly because he enjoys being a “supervillain.” RZA went on to say, “The reality of it is it’s now sitting in a temperature control room in the Department of Justice. He’s incarcerated right now, so I think a lot of his assets have been seized by the government, including that album.”

RZA then added that he advised Shkreli to release the album as an act of goodwill given his public image. “I did have a conversation with the gentleman. I said listen yo, because he had a lot of bad things going on for him, I said yo, if I was you I would take this chance to do philanthropy and I would give this away to the public. If I was him, based on how much he had taken from the public,” said RZA.