SOHH Whatcha Think: How Far Should Rappers Go To Protect Their Music? 3 Album Leaks That Got Ugly [Click Here & Speak]

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 3:25PM

Written by J. Bachelor

The powers that be pledged that Watch The Throne would not leak, and near the final hours leading to its release, they kept their word. Sure, an illegal copy deceptively titled Flockaveli made its way around the Web faster than Spiderman, but for all intents and purposes, KanJay West successfully kept their collabo project on lock.

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It is said that Jay/Ye kept their recordings in a vault until as long as they could, which leads us to our question of the day: How far should an artist go to protect their music?

Lets look at 3 projects that weren't so lucky:

Lupe Fiasco - "Shining Down"
Lupe Fiasco
"Bootlegs hurt me soul ..."

Lupe is a complex cat. After the 2009 song "Shining Down" was leaked, he took to the web, issuing a statement that sorta sounds like he doesn't mind if you find his bootlegged work, just as long as you don't tell anyone you have it. Wait, what?

"If you come across it and you like it and keep it to yourself that's all cool with me but to make it where as other people are able to download it in a public forum is honestly an insult to me. Especially because of how much I love you guys. That sh-- is kinda like a slap in the face."

Fiasco later went on to add that because of the leak, his entire staff was one skateboard away from being terminated.

"I was about to fire my entire staff and cut off relationships over 'Shining Down' leaking last night," Lupe said. "The only possible explanation is my e-mail chain with the mix studio ... which is air tight -- the studio that is ... was hacked and that's where the record came from."

Jay-Z - Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter

"Bootleggers get cut where I'm from. Marcy son."

Chillin' with the Obama Family, hanging with movie stars, talks with Warren Buffet. It's kinda hard to believe that Jigga once ran up on a n*gga with the shank. But yeah, not only did it happen, he spoke briefly about it in his book, Decoded. Hov is a business man. And bootlegging is bad for business. Holla.

Yelawolf - Gangsta of Love
"Lemme call you back. Sh*t just got real on Twitter."

Twitter beef. E-Tension. Web wars. Whatever you wanna call it, sh*t got too real for Yelawolf recently after the single "Gangster of Love" was posted online. Wolf don't play that. He took to the web and made threats, and after those threats were reciprocated, he decided maybe it would be better to just not be a part of the Twitter community.

"Hey to who ever leaked 'Gangster of Love' ... I BET ON YOURE c*#t sucking mother You won't show you're face round HERE!!! Say somethin?" Yelawolf tweeted before launching his first threat. "The difference between me and you is that I'll sit in jail .. Punk b!#ch Internet goons .. Wait till RadioActive drops .. GameOver."

Always the gentleman, Yela was kind enough to bid his 100K followers a pleasant evening and remind them that he does not give a f*ck.

"Good night twitter. Un follow me and tell you're friends I suck .. I don't give a f**k anymore .. I'm officially off line," Yelawolf tweeted.

SOHH Watcha Think -- How far should an artist go to protect their music?

Speaking of leaks, The Carter IV is around the corner. It will be interesting to see how long Lil Wayne can keep it under wraps. Check out some studio footage of Weezy here:

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