Skip to main content

Martin Shkreli Reportedly Has Unreleased ‘Tha Carter V’ Album Because Lil Wayne Sold His Bugatti

Oops.
DJBooth_logo2x

Last week, terrible human being and pharma bro Martin Shkreli was found guilty of fraud.

As far as hip-hop fans are concerned, though, the only thing that matters before Shkreli receives a potential 20-year prison sentence is whether or not he will release, in full, the Wu-Tang Clan album that he purchased for a cool $2 million—Shkreli did celebrate his conviction by live-streaming Once Upon a Time in Shaolin on his YouTube channel—and the two-disc version of Lil Wayne's forever-delayed Tha Carter V.

In an interview last December, Shkreli claims he purchased the fifth installment in Wayne's album series by "legal" means, but refused to detail the chain of custody that ultimately led to him owning the project.

Scroll to Continue

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

Best-of-the-Week-Header--11-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Press play on new tunes from Wizkid, G Herbo, Ayra Starr, Kaash Paige, and Ayoni.

Header--21-

yvngxchris Went From Recording on Earbuds to Viral Star

Rapper yvngxchris started off making songs on iPhone earbuds. Now, he's signed and constantly going viral.

5-Albums-Header--9-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

EST Gee, Nasty C, Idahams, Mura Masa, and KA$HDAMI all released new albums this week that you need to hear.

On Friday (August 4), Alex Pfeiffer‏, a White House correspondent for The Daily Caller, revealed the reported backstory.

Mo money means mo problems, right?

Not only is money the impetus for the legal stalemate that Birdman and Wayne are in over Wayne's contract with Cash Money, but Wayne selling a pre-owned Bugatti—a luxury vehicle that could fetch anywhere between $1.6 and 2.5 million on the open market depending on the mileage, the model and the year—might have ultimately led to his copy of Tha Carter V landing in Shkreli's slimy hands.

In May, Wayne's camp threatened to sue Shkreli if any material from the album found its way onto the internet. At this point, though, that might be the only way we ever get to hear the album.

Related

5-Albums-Header--9-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

EST Gee, Nasty C, Idahams, Mura Masa, and KA$HDAMI all released new albums this week that you need to hear.

Header--20-

Van Buren Want to Turn Brockton From Slept-On to Powerhouse

Rap collective Van Buren carry their city with them wherever they go. They break down how they're giving back to Brockton in a new interview with Audiomack.

Best-of-the-Week-Header--10-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Selections include EST Gee, Asake, Greentea Peng, Midwxst, and Prince Swanny.

5-Albums-Header--1-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

Get familiar with the latest works from Asake, NAV, Ari Lennox, TiaCorine, and Van Buren.

Best-of-the-Week-Header--9-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Yeat, Lil Baby, Govana, Kali Uchis, and KUR all released new songs worthy of your ears.

5-Albums-Header--8--1

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

Queue up new albums from Pi'erre Bourne, Erigga, TROD, Sha Ek, and Preyé.