With hackers continuing to leak albums, SOHH recently talked to Slaughterhouse’s Crooked I to get his take on the popularity behind artists’ music illegally hitting the Internet.
Despite recording a large portion of music in-house since Slaughterhouse recently inked with Shady Records, Crooked said you are never fully protected from leaks.
“I don’t feel more secure because there’s been some leaks anyway,” Crooked told SOHH when asked about recording music in-house as opposed to sending tracks via e-mail. “There’s some people where that’s just what they do and don’t realize they’re hurting the artist by not realizing this song right here could be very dear to an artist and he can’t wait to put it on an album and give it to the people. But then when they leak it, the artist can no longer use it. Now the artist has a choice. He can use it or not. A lot of times you don’t use songs that people hacked into your computer and leaked unfinished versions of. Sometimes you do. But with that sh*t right there, I never feel secure. We are doing a lot of different [safety precautions] to try to protect the music from it all just leaking because we put our hearts and souls into this sh*t. So we’re trying to bring the best quality of music to the people.” (SOHH)
Crooked also suggested more physical force could be used to lessen in-house leaks.
“I remember when I produced a couple songs on Tupac’s  album, Until the End of Time and I remember we had an armed guard at the door,” Crooked added. “So wasn’t nobody getting in and out with none of that music. Now you got engineers and sh*t that are being sneaky, recording on the down low trying to get it on another flash drive or burn little CDs and sh*t to get out of there with the music. Back then, dudes with pistols was watching all of that. So we might have to go back to that.” (SOHH)
Last month, Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9 spoke on Eminem being cautious of hackers.
“I think he’ll be the executive producer [of our Shady Records debut]. He’s very good at taking a record to a whole different level after we do what we do with it. He’s good at choosing beats, maybe a verse here, a hook there — anywhere he can help, he’s willing to do it. And he doesn’t want us to do a lot of e-mailing (of tracks). We’ve had a lot of problems with hacks and leaks. So he wants us to be in one central location for the recording.” (Detroit Free Press)
In summer 2010, Dr. Dre opened up on the effect hackers have on his music.
“I’m not mad at the fans. I’m mad at the person that leaked the sh*t. I have no idea how it got out. It’s not even worth looking to see who did it. It happens. The most painful part about it is that I’m passionate about what I do so people should hear it in the right form…Somebody actually hacked into our emails, so that made our red flags go up. We’re in a new age and that’s a sign, ‘Wake up motherf*cker.’ You have to be more careful with your sh*t. That’s all there is to it. I know what’s up now.” (VIBE)
Check out a recent Crooked I interview below: