RZA told the world that “Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nuthing to fuck wit” on the group’s debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The infamous Martin Shkreli got a reminder of this important lesson during the jury selection for his securities fraud trial.
A transcript from the selection process was released by Harper’s Magazine, revealing that Shkreli’s disrespect of the influential group was part of the reason one person was dismissed as a juror. Read the Wu-Tang referencing exchange between the court and the juror below.
The Court: All right. I’m going to excuse you. Juror Number 59, come on up.
Juror No. 59: Your Honor, totally he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because —
The Court: Okay. Is that your attitude toward anyone charged with a crime who has not been proven guilty?
Juror No. 59: It’s my attitude toward his entire demeanor, what he has done to people.
The Court: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.
Juror No. 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.
Shkreli was ultimately found guilty on three counts of securities fraud. The conviction didn’t stop his Wu-Tang taunting though, as he casually played the group’s $2 million album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, during a livestream. In the video, he told a reporter that he’d only listened to a few tracks from the project.