Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West‘s new “Mama’s Boy” record is apparently something the hip-hop did not want fans to hear as plans to prosecute the persons responsible for unleashing it are now being targeted.
Based on a statement from Ye’s representative, this week’s leak was completely unauthorized.
“The version of the Kanye West recording ‘Mama’s Boy’ that arrived on blog sites earlier this week is entirely bogus and unsanctioned, and violates the artist’s creative intentions. As is often the unfortunate case, an unknown party or parties got a hold of Kanye West’s vocal track and added their own soundbed to it, effectively and falsely releasing it as a Kanye West track from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions.” (Statement)
The rep also said plans have been placed into motion to find out who is responsible.
“The result in no way resembles the final song Kanye West intended his fans to hear, and he is deeply disappointed that one of the most personal, meaningful and special songs he has ever written would reach people in this way. Needless to say, measures are being taken to identify and prosecute the persons responsible for leaking this material.” (Statement)
Ye’s song takes fans back to his younger youth watching men date his late mother.
A seemingly finished version of Kanye West’s song “Mama’s Boyfriend” leaked to the internet yesterday. Though it’s unclear how the track will be officially released, this recording is a classic Kanye production, complete with a crisp beat and a pitched-up soul sample. The song, which finds the rapper looking back on the guys who tried to date his mother Donda West back when she was raising him on her own, has been circulating in various forms for a while now, mainly due to West dropping verses from the song in live performances. (Rolling Stone)
Earlier this year, production duo Tha Bizness spoke to SOHH about hackers and why they sometimes intentionally leak music.
“For us, we catch wind of a record that some website, some blogger or some Twitter person is about to leak and they’re like, ‘We’re coming up on this track and it’s going to be on here,’ and we know it’s our record,” J-Hen told SOHH. “It’s not something that we can necessarily stop. So we realize that it’s better off that we blast it out first and take away the main traffic from that blogger and bring it on to us. It’s not like you’re going to stop these guys from leaking the records. So if we know we have it and it’s just a snippet, then it’s just a snippet. Sometimes songs are halfway done, they have no hooks, sometimes they’re just works in progress. So for us, that’s when we realized we gotta take the power back. That’s pretty much where our whole mind state has been right now. It’s about taking control back from all the people who tried to take it away from the A&R’s, the deejays who play the records or some of the executives who are not feeling a certain way about a song.” (SOHH)
Check out Kanye West’s “Mama’s Boy” down below: