Former pharmaceutical exec and noted penis hole Martin Shkreli took his campaign to become the real-life incarnation of a Mr. Burns-like cartoonish supervillain to a new level moments ago, announcing on Twitter that he’d like to purchase the sole rights to Kanye West’s long-anticipated seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo.
Failing that, Shkreli says, he at least wants to prevent the record from being released on time.
In an open letter to the rapper posted online moments ago, Shkreli wrote, "Instead of releasing this product for your millions of fans, I ask you to sell this recording solely to me, for the price of $10,000,000.
"I believe you (and your partners) will find this financial arrangement more attractive than your current course of action.”
Shkreli later tweeted, “Kanye and his label are legally required to take my offer letter to their Board of Directors …This should delay the album by a few days.”
You may remember that Shkreli purchased the only copy of the Wu Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin back in December.
The difference there was that the Wu had always planned on selling a single copy to a wealthy super-fan in hopes that said aficionado would eventually make the disc available to the public.
Shkreli has yet to do so, and he’s since butted heads with Ghostface Killah and other Wu Tang members as a result.
With Kanye, of course, Shkreli is taking on the hip hop world’s most famous ego, and it seems unlikely that the former hedge fund manager actually expects Yeezy to make a deal.
That said, we’re sure Mr. West will handle this elaborate act of trollery in a rational, level-headed fashion. Just kidding, ‘Ye’s about to go off on this dweeb.