News: Lupe Fiasco Reacts To Album Leak, "I Was About To Fire My Entire Staff" [Audio]
Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 12:00PM
Lupe Fiasco has reacted to his new song "Shining Down" leaking online earlier this week and described the drastic measures he was willing to take in order to find out who was responsible.
Writing via his blog, the Chi-town rapper broke down what happened with his alleged first single from the upcoming album Lasers.
"I DON'T LEAK MY OWN RECORD!!!!," he wrote in all caps. "I'M NOT A FAN OF LEAKING RECORDS OR OF DOWNLOADING!!!! My entire first album leaked and possibly cost me from going platinum my first time out as the final estimates of how many people actually downloaded that album illegally was well over half a million...Someone hacked my email. I was about to fire my entire staff and cut off relationships over shining down leaking last night. Bun B hit me and was like 'the records dope' and i was like 'what record?' nobody even has it. the only possible explanation is my email chain with the mix studio (which is air tight...the studio that is) was hacked and thats where the record came from. Lastly, the album is f*cking ridiculous. I dont like to brag or sh*t like that but the album is sooo f*cking crazy at this point 95% done." (Lupe Fiasco's Blog)
Matthew Santos, who is also featured on the leaked track, confirmed the song was leaked earlier this week.
"Shining Down was hacked and leaked," he wrote via Twitter. "It's not the final version though! please wait for the official release!" (Matthew Santos' Twitter)
Kanye West previously expressed his frustration over a recent online leak of his Rihanna-assisted music video "Paranoid."
"It hurts me to see the old and very wrong version of the paranoid video get leaked all over the net while I was on an 11-hour flight and couldn't do anything about it," Ye wrote unmodified. "It's just frustrating when this stuff happens because I really care about the product and since videos never get played any way you might as well tweak them and make them as special as possible. The version that got leaked from the camera phone last week is at least a little closer to the final product. Thank-you everybody for your support but that video was not up to my standards." (Kanye West's Blog)
Fiasco has released two albums since his 2006 debut.
Preceded by the single "Kick, Push," as well as several mixtapes and an appearance on Kanye West's "Touch the Sky," the album Food & Liquor was set to surface during early 2006, though an unfinished version leaked during the spring, pushing its official release back to September instead. The album earned Fiasco three Grammy nominations. A highly conceptualized follow-up, The Cool, was released in December 2007. (All Music)
No further information on Lasers has yet been announced.
Check out Lupe's song below: