According to reports, that could represent a $4 million dollar legal bill, but an exclusive interview with HipHopDX detailed his plans for the embattled BK rapper.
“We’re actually in discussion to try to bail out Bobby Shmurda. Forget whether you think he’s guilty or not, the guy should not be sitting in jail right now. It’s insane,” Shkreli told DX. “He’s from Brooklyn. I’m from Brooklyn. He deserves a fair trial. He deserves good lawyers. He doesn’t have good lawyers. His label is hanging him out to dry and so I have a conference call tomorrow morning with them (December 15). I’ll show up with $2 million bail money no f**king problem. He’s not going to flee the country. I’m not going to lose anything. I’m going to try to make that happen. That’s one thing I’m working on.”
The deal won’t be without a hitch, said Shkreli, and unabashed “opportunist.”
He continued, “I’m a fan and I’m a business man. I’m not going to do this for free. [Laughs] He’s going to have to do something for me. I don’t know what that’s going to look like yet. He’s going to owe me one, obviously. I’d like to pay for his legal defense as well. I’m a big fan but also I’m an opportunist. You know that. I see an opportunity here.”
Right now, Shkreli said he is working on the details with Epic Records to get the rapper out.
He also stated that he was upset with Wu-Tang’s leader RZA, who expressed dissatifation with the purchaser of the last group album. Once Upon A Time In Shaolin cost Shkreli a cool $2 million but that didn’t stop RZA from objecting to his business practices.
“This thing [Wu-Tang thing] is starting to get pretty tense. You probably see that increasingly. I’m getting pretty frustrated by it,” he said. “I bought the most expensive album in the history of mankind and f**king RZA is talking shit behind my back and online in plain sight. I’m just getting pissed off. That’s not the way I do business. If I hand you $2 million, fucking show me some respect. At least have the decency to say nothing or “no comment.” The guy says “…before his business practices came to light.” What the fuck does that mean? I f**king make money. That’s what I do. That’s why I can fucking afford a fucking $2 million album. What do you think I do, make cookies? No, motherf***er. I sell drugs. [Laughs] I felt insulted.”
Shkreli took his issues with RZA a step farther, and even suggested he could take it to the streets. He explained a situation where he was owed $3 million, how he managed to get it back and how that related to RZA.
“I’m definitely the real f***ing deal. This is not a fucking act. I threatened that f***ing guy and his f***ing kids because he f***ing took $3 million from me and he ended up paying me back. He called my bluff. He said, “You’re not f***ing going to go after me.” [I said] “Yes I motherf***ing will.” I had two guys parked outside of his house for six months watching his every fucking move. I can get down. I don’t think RZA knows that. I think he thinks I’m some powder puff white guy CEO that’s got too much money. No. No, no, no. I definitely don’t spend $2 million for nothing. That’s a lot of money, even if you’re Carl Icahn. I’d encourage him to shut the f**k up before he goes a little too far. We’ll see what happens. I think he’s a smart man. He definitely acts like his s**t doesn’t stink and he invented rap. This concept of selling one album, this s**t’s backfiring for him now…”
Martin Shkreli has been highly vilified after he increased the price of a necessary HIV medication whose patent had expired by 5,500 percent. Daraprim once was sold for $13.50 per pill, but now it is $750. Shkreli recently said he would reduce the cost, but didn’t specify how much.
Hear the interview below.