Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has expressed his “frustration” over a recent online leak of his Rihanna-assisted music video “Paranoid.”
Claiming the leaked version was still in the works, Yeezy spoke publicly via his blog.
“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’s Blog)
The early version reportedly leaked online Thursday (May 28).
The video features Rihanna, who doesn’t sing on the track, but forcefully recaptures her fierce image with revealing clothing and a sexy dance. There’s little mystery as to why West cast Rihanna in the video, with the following lyrics: “A little time out might do ya good, might do us good before you’re done for good … Checking through my cell phone, here’s another fight … Baby, don’t worry about it. They don’t know you like I do.” (Pop Eater)
Former rap rival, 50 Cent, also had his “Follow My Lead” music video with Robin Thicke leaked online around 2007, which resulted in an alleged violent reaction.
“50 was screaming into his blackberry phone, he was on a rampage, he ripped off the 70 inch plasma on the wall and then to top it off, he threw his phone straight thru the window of his executive office shattering the glass all over thirty something street…He yelled ‘You’re f*cking everything up, you’re messing up my look, my album, so you know what, I’m on f*ckin’ vacation now. F*ck you and f*ck Interscope.” (Miss Info)
50 later addressed his frustration with Interscope to New York radio personality DJ Kay Slay.
“So when I came back with ‘I Get Money,’ I was actually upset that ‘Ayo Technology’ leaked. It kind of cut into ‘I Get Money’ a little bit. I knew for a fact the record was leaked from Interscope. Because the first two records, ‘Straight to the Bank’ and ‘Amusement Park,’ weren’t playing at the station that played ‘Ayo Technology’ first. So that’s an indication to me that they delivered it to Top 40 and crossover [radio formats] ahead of…They sent it to [New York radio station] Z-100 before they sent it to Hot 97. I was like, ‘Yo, that’s not a regular leak, B.’ I was like, ‘[My promotion strategy] is necessary because this is speaking to my base, my core audience.'” (Street Sweepers Radio)