News: Young Dro Battles Album Leak W/ New Music, "I'm Gonna Patch It Up"

Monday, Nov 9, 2009 3:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grand Hustle's Young Dro recently addressed his new album, P.O.L.O. (Players Only Live Once), being leaked online months in advance and promised to re-vamp his sophomore project with new records.

Sharing his initial shock, Dro said he had no choice but to re-plan his album upon learning of its leak.

"When I walked in the office, couldn't nobody look me in the eye," Dro said n an interview. "They was looking down. You had Jim Jonsin beats, some of the best production I ever had on there. When I saw it I was like, 'Oh my God. OMG.' But then I said, 'I'm gonna patch it up.' The album got leaked, so we going back in the studio. We gonna get [Don] Cannon beats, we gonna get DJ Toomp beats, we gonna sew the album up and act like it ain't never bled. No leak." (MTV)

Faboulous recently spoke on the emergence of music leaks and the new measures he decided to take in order to avoid further leaks of his latest album, Loso's Way.

"We usually don't have a leak problem, the things where we had problems is giving music to people to do their mixes, that's where we had a problem," Fab explained in an interview earlier this summer. "And now I've learned from that okay, we're not going to do that anymore. We're not gonna e-mail you stuff. You're gonna have to come in or we fly to you or wherever and get the sh*t done because the amount of hacking and piracy going on now, and you put all that time and effort into building something, then people are starting to get it here, here, here, piece by piece instead of getting it collectively. I want people to hear the sh*t as a finished product." (The Life Files)

Playaz Circle's Tity Boi previously spoke with SOHH about how his Lil Wayne-assisted single "Big Dog" leaked online before its scheduled release earlier this year.

"Nah, that was just a Gmail jacker that's all that happened, it got sent to Lil Wayne's Gmail -- I guess what it is, is they got people that don't come outside -- but you also know you're hot if that happens. Some people really like the momentum part of the actual cover when they start reading the credits, some people get caught up with the blank discs and original music. Other people like to keep the original copy. [For precautions,] you can't just be so simple. You just got to be creative. Figure out new ways, a new [contact] to send it to, change the name under files, send it to other people's e-mails that's not so hot, make up another e-mail, there are plenty of things to do to avoid that. They gonna keep coming but you gotta think ahead and be smart." (SOHH)

Dro previously spoke on holding down Grand Hustle as incarcerated rapper T.I. completes a 366-day jail sentence on a gun conviction.

"Well, it sort of goes down the line," Dro said in an interview. "After T.I., I became successful stacking up him. Yung L.A. became successful stacking up me. It would have to trickle down. Like I gotta step up to the plate because I'm the next person that was selling albums, that went gold or whatever. It's really not to the point where we looking forward to it happening again, but I gotta step up to the plate. I gotta maintain his record sales, I gotta send these people plays on the radio. I gotta get back on my job because it's gonna be a year and a day. There's so much you can do within a year and a day of your life. So many kids you can reach out to, so many TV shows, so much money in a year. And there's a lot of ways to lose all of this in a year. You gotta keep working." (VIBE)

Young Dro's P.O.L.O. is slated to hit stores around early 2010.

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