Martin Shkreli became one of the most controversial people in America last year when he increased the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim to $700. Nearly a month later it was revealed that he’d purchased the one and only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” album. While he initially considered destroying the album, he later vowed to release tracks off it when and if Donald Trump was announced the U.S. President elect.
After news broke that the real estate mogul/reality star and Republican nominee had won the election early Wednesday morning, Shkreli made good on his promise. According to Entertainment Weekly, he set up a livestream not long after the announcement, playing songs off the album for all who tuned in. One commenter suggested that Shkreli sharing songs off “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” was a kind act for supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton following the election results.
Shkreli’s initial promise was made in October when he tweeted to his more than 160,000 followers that should Trump win the 2016 presidential election, he would share his entire unreleased music collection. It is unclear, at this time, if and/or when he intends to release the rest of the music he promised to make available for free to the public.
Although he did ultimately decide to release at least a portion of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” there was a time when Shkreli considered destroying the album entirely. In January, the pharmaceutical executive told Vice he was on the fence about what to do with the album, which he paid $2 million for. He claimed he was going back and forth “between wanting to destroy the record and dreaming of installing it in some remote place so that people have to make a spiritual quest to listen.”