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.