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How prison bound pharma-bro Martin Shkreli allegedly got his hands on one of hip hop’s most storied unreleased projects, in Tha Carter 5, will undoubtedly go down as a legend.
According to White House Daily Caller news correspondent Alex Pfeiffer, he learned through a private conversation with Shkreli that the album was obtained through a seller who had incidentally recovered it from the CD deck of a Bugatti he purchased from Lil Wayne. “I’ll always remember how Shkreli told me he got the Carter 5,” Pfeiffer tweeted last Friday, August 4. “Wayne sold his Bugatti and left the CD in there..new owner sold it to Shkreli.”
While Shkreli just got through fighting one of the most high-profile securities fraud/conspiracy cases in recent times, he is known more prevalently in pop culture for having weaseled his way into position to become the world’s most notorious collector of hip hop music. Prior to purchasing Tha Carter 5 for an undisclosed amount, he made a name for himself by putting down $2 million for exclusive ownership over the Wu-Tang Clan’s single copy rarity, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
After revealing to followers that he had managed to land Tha Carter 5, Shkreli drew the attention of thousands, who tuned into his social media chat for a preview. Within days Shkreli would hear from Weezy’s lawyer, who accused him of jacking the songs and threatened to take legal action. At the time Shkreli fired back by disputing that to his determination the sale was legal. “Criminal law? Forget it…I don’t believe that Lil Wayne could sue me. I don’t believe Birdman can sue me. I don’t think Universal could sue me. It’s a legal sale,” he said, without going into detail.
Previously, it was reported that Quincy Jones was owed $30 million by the estate of Michael Jackson. However, that number has changed, as the estate actually owes Jones $9.4 million. This past Wednesday, a jury declared that Jones is owed $9.4 million in production fees and royalties from his work on “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and other tracks from Jackson’s vast catalog.
A jury gathered in a Los Angeles Superior Court and decided that Jones was not owed $30 million, but he was definitely owed more than the $392,000 amount that the Jackson estate pushed. Quincy Jones issued a statement on the whole ordeal, saying, “This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created. Although this (judgment) is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter. I view it not only as a victory for myself personally but for artists’ rights overall.”
After being surprised by the verdict, attorneys for the MJ estate noted that they are going to file an appeal.
Over the past couple of weeks, JAY-Z’s 14th studio album, 4:44, has received much acclaim for the project’s social commentary and personal reflections. Artists and fans from all generations have chimed in on the record’s impact. “The God MC” Rakim, fresh off the reunion show with Eric B at the Apollo Theatre, recently spoke with BET during the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival this past weekend to give his take on the album.
Like many who found the project refreshing for its maturity and life lessons, Rakim felt as though the entire project was tailored made for the older hip-hop generation. He said in the current landscape that is dominated by youth culture, this album was much needed for the older fan who has grown and evolved.
Check out more of Rakim’s take in the video below.