On Presidents’ Day, mark-ass pharmaceutical mogul Martin Shkreli will hold “An Evening With Martin Shkreli,” a Webster Hall-hosted event in NYC where he’ll lecture about “investing, health care, and politics.” What’s of note is that he claims he’ll play tracks from his collection of unreleased music, which includes the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s infamous Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
Sightings of the album, which he purchased in 2015, have been rare: Shkreli last played some cuts from the album the morning after Donald Trump’s presidential victory. The Eventbrite page has tickets ranging from $15-$50, a decent admission fee for unreleased Wu-Tang.
But ultimately, this is a moral test: Do you want to support an admitted villain just because you want to hear some old RZA verses? If you, the Wu-Tang fan, are tempted to lend the event credibility by being one of the non-mouth breeders in attendance, just remember that Ghostface Killah once called him a shithead and a clown. Follow your heart.
Update: It looks like Shkreli will be holding his evening elsewhere if it’s still happening. Webster Hall is no longer listed as the venue for Shkreli’s event, according to the Eventbrite page. An alternate location has not been named.