Martin Shkreli has a lot of money that in a just society he would not have. He found a decent use for some of it recently, when he relinquished a reported $2 million to the Wu-Tang Clan in exchange for an exclusive album that is probably not very good anyway. But Shkreli has come up with an even better use for the money he’s making off the backs of AIDS patients.
In an interview with the rap website HipHopDX, Shkreli says that he’s trying to bail rapper Bobby Shmurda out of prison. Shmurda has been at Rikers for nearly a year after being arrested by the NYPD on murder, attempted murder and various gun and drug charges. Says Shkreli:
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. 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 fucking 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.
Bobby Shmurda does deserve a fair trial and he shouldn’t be in jail. His label is hanging him out to dry. Hey, Martin Shkreli is right!
Now, are you going to have to look past some crazy shit and narrowly focus in on the few agreeable sentiments that Martin Shkreli expresses in this interview? You are. You’re gonna have to do that:
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. He’s a talented guy. Every concert I go to, people yell “Free Shmurda.” He reminds me of me, quite frankly. The guy’s totally irreverent. He doesn’t give a damn what people think. Totally irreverent. Totally I don’t give a fuck. I love him. I just love that style. He’s from not far from where I’m from in Brooklyn. I’d love to help him out. I wish someone would have helped me out when I needed help. He doesn’t have much money, I know that. He’s definitely hurting for money. He needs a bailout, basically. I’d like to help him out. No big promises, but I’ll see what I can do. Like I said, if I can post the $2 million, I’d do it tomorrow. I’m working on it and hopefully we’ll see him free soon.