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‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli wants Kanye’s new album all for himself

Martin Shkreli on Capitol Hill in Washington during the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on his former company's decision to raise the price of a lifesaving medicine.
Martin Shkreli on Capitol Hill in Washington during the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on his former company's decision to raise the price of a lifesaving medicine. AP

Martin Shkreli, the former Turing Pharmaceuticals chief executive whose AIDS drug price hike earned him notoriety and widespread scorn, wants to buy Kanye West's new album that the rapper premiered Thursday at Madison Square Garden and keep it all for himself.

“I have been a tremendous fan of your music for many years,” Shkreli wrote in a letter to West. “Specifically, the album ‘The College Dropout’ inspired me to succeed at a young age.”

He asked West to “sell this recording solely to me, for the price of $10,000,000.”

He added, “I believe you (and your partners) will find this financial arrangement more attractive than your current course of action.”

Oh. Oh, dear.

Remember that Shkreli – who was arrested for securities fraud and has also come under congressional scrutiny – bought an exclusive, single-issue Wu-Tang Clan album.

He has since been sued by the Wu-Tang fan artist who created the cover art; that album could get released, anyway; and he's also earned himself a Ghostface Killah diss track.

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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