Disturbin’ Tha Peace’s Lil Scrappy recently hit up SOHH to discuss what tips he has for artists trying to avoid album leaks like Lil Wayne‘s Rebirth and 50 Cent‘s Before I Self Destruct.
Scrap suggested rappers putting together two albums for insurance purposes.
“You make a lot of music,” Scrappy told SOHH, “when you making albums, I think you should do two albums. You should make the same amount of songs on both the first time you hit it hard, bam, then you gotta prepare yourself. Like, it’s digital right now so sh*t can happen, get drunk in the car playing CDs and your man got d*mn press the button and be like ‘Yo [everybody,] I got that new Scrap.’ [laughs] If he’s smart, he’ll go bootleg it and if it’s hot, you gonna bootleg it so my best thang to tell a n*gga is to make two albums, you know what I’m saying? And we do this anyway, so it ain’t hard, you feel me?” (SOHH)
Grand Hustle’s Young Dro recently talked about how he dealt with his sophomore album being leaked online.
“When I walked in the office, couldn’t nobody look me in the eye,” Dro said in 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)
Fabolous also 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 chatted 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)
Check out Lil Scrappy speaking with SOHH about album leaks below: