Martin Shkreli Says He Won't Leak Lil Wayne's 'Carter V,' Gets Booted from Twitter
Published Jan 09, 2017After boasting that he had acquired Lil Wayne's oft-delayed, unreleased album Tha Carter V only two days before Christmas, pharma bro Martin Shkreli has now promised the rapper's team that he won't leak any more of the record online.
TMZ reports that Wayne's camp went after Shkreli following the online reveal on December 23, looking for assurance that further copies of the unreleased music had not been made. Shkreli reportedly promised the camp that there wouldn't be any further leaks and that he had the only copy as far as he knew.
In December 2014, Lil Wayne spoke on Tha Cater V, saying that YMCMB boss Birdman and Cash Money Records "refuse to release it" and added, "I am a prisoner and so is my creativity." This year, Birdman has said the album is "definitely coming out" despite reportedly not even having a copy of his own.
Lil Wayne's latest LP was 2015's FWA (short for "Free Weezy Album"), which arrived through Jay Z's Tidal streaming service.
More recently, Wayne hinted at retirement in September after tweeting that he was "defenseless and mentally defeated." He also released his prison memoirs titled Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island.
In other news, Shkreli also found himself in more hot water online after being suspended from Twitter for harassing freelance journalist Lauren Duca, recognized for her critical reporting on United States president-elect Donald Trump for Teen Vogue.
After defending her story on Fox News, Shkreli direct messaged Duca, inviting her to Trump's presidential inauguration as his guest on January 20, to which she replied, "I would rather eat my own organs."
Shkreli then changed his Twitter avatar to an edited image of Duca and her husband (with Shkreli's face) embracing each other on a couch, in addition to making a collage his profile header photo. Duca then tweeted the images to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
The platform's rules state that Twitter will "prohibit targeted harassment, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies."
As of press time, Shkreli's Twitter account remains suspended.
I would rather eat my own organs pic.twitter.com/IgeCRZqk8w— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 5, 2017