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Martin Shkreli has hit back at Ghostface Killah in smugly threatening video

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Right when we thought this week's hip-hop beefing had reached peak bonkers, this goes and happens.

Remember Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceuticals CEO that rocketed the cost of an AIDS drug from $13.50 per tablet to $750 overnight, then got arrested for fraud, and then had his Twitter account spectacularly hacked later that week? Well, the unrelenting douchebag, who yesterday had the music world up in arms when it was reported he was toying with the idea of breaking his one-off Wu-Tang album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, has just made that Kanye versus Wiz Khalifa argument look like a playground spat.

In response to being called a "sh*thead" and "the Michael Jackson nose kid" by Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, 32-year-old Shkreli has made his ballsy comeback with a scathing video in which he disses the rap star as an "old man who's lost his relevance", even threatening to erase him "from the record books of rap" by cutting Ghostface from the special album he, and nobody else, owns.

Unfortunately for Shkreli, his clear attempt at becoming a real-life Lex Luthor all feels a little...funny. He fumbles his lines, and accidently refers to the 45-year-old hip-hop icon as Ghostface even though he's promised to call him by his slightly less scary "government name", Dennis. The menacing (and clearly paid-off) goon squad backing him up only highlights how out-of-his-depth he is when it comes to trash talking with gusto.  

Check out the Ghostface Killah and Shkreli vids below.

Shkreli coughed up $2m to get his mitts on the one-off Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, last year. The 31-track double EP, which had reportedly been in the works since the late 90s, is a single-sale collector's item unavailable to the general public.  

It's not only Ghostface Killah that thinks ill of the 32-year-old pharmaceuticals CEO. He was recently called “a spoilt brat” by presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

Shkreli is currently out on bail and faces a possible 20 years in prison if found guilty of charges relating to securities fraud. 

Here's hoping he doesn't get locked up with a die-hard Wu fan...

And there's the original video from Ghostface.

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Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

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