The internet may be the single greatest, and at the very same time, absolute worst thing to ever happen to music. By way of the world wide web, music has reached immeasurable new heights, and information is readily shared all over the world at the click of a button. Unfortunately, the internet has also greatly diluted the integrity of zealous music fans and now nobody’s music is safe. Today, Kanye West‘s immensely anticipated sixth studio album, Yeezus, leaked onto the internet. According to multiple sources, reports that the leaked tracks are genuine have been confirmed; Yeezus has leaked for real. Now let me be clear. If you are searching for a link to the album, look elsewhere. We aren’t about that kind of behavior here, we have a little more class.
The album, which has been shrouded in secrecy for months now, was kept tightly under wraps by The Louis Vuitton Don and his camp. Kanye has actually taken very calculated, extremely meticulous steps in keeping his music to himself and somehow it all came tumbling down this morning. Kanye and his camp have kept a very tight inner circle, sealing the Yeezus project off from everyone else. Steps taken by the Grammy Award winning hip-hop mega star and his closely knit team include cutting out email services to send tracks to each other, and even cutting out the use of major recording studios. Email accounts are unsecured, and recording studios are always buzzing with people, thus rendering them unacceptable for Mr. West, leading him to opt for makeshift recording studios inside hotel rooms and private locations. Kanye kept his music on password protected hard drives, and chose not to allow pre-sales of the album through any retailers. Ye has even gone to lengths as far as hand picking where the CDs would be pressed in the past, and has chosen to hang on to the only mastered versions of his unreleased tracks until the very last minute.
Somehow, the internet, managed to shit on all that clandestine effort. Like Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories leak last month, the hype surrounding Yeezus boiled over today. The music is out there, and it has been verified by reliable sources, but before die hard Kanye West fans go combing the internet for Yeezus, consider this. Consider waiting to hear the album in its entirety when it officially drops. Consider, dare I say… buying the album? Consider the fact that when huge artists like Kanye West and Daft Punk’s music is leaked, it chips away at the novelty of the music, and the integrity of the people who call themselves fans. Food for thought. Yeezy for President.