While some artists are known for leaking music early, other artists are sometimes surprised by leaks or even get really freaking annoyed by the prospect. In Kanye’s case, the artist was initially furious about the “Black Skinhead” video going live, and he made sure every single man, woman and child on the Internet knew about it. Check out the artist’s full Twitter rant, below.
The BLKKK SKKKN HD video that leaked yesterday was not the official version.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 9, 2013
Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it's heartbreaking when something like this happens.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 9, 2013
The final version will be ready within the next week.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 9, 2013
So any website that may have the unapproved / unfinished ruff. I ask you to please take it down.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 9, 2013
Allow me and Nick to give the world what we've been losing sleep over.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 9, 2013
And to who ever leaked the video… FUK YOU!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 9, 2013
The video appeared through a shady forum on some universal music site, rather than through West’s VEVO page, which made it pretty clear the whole thing was a leaked version. In the initial aftermath of the breach in security, the clip was taken down from most placed and replaced with a message that stated, “This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.” Then, according to The New York Daily News, the official version went up on his website for a matter of hours, assumedly with his permission, before it disappeared again.
This isn’t the first time an artist has had something leaked in recent months. Back in May, Britney Spears’ single “Ooh La La” was leaked early, much to the delight of her fans. The 31-year-old singer also took to Twitter to mention the leak, but didn’t seem too distraught about it, although she did note a completed, professional version would be available sometime later.
I heard an early demo of #OohLaLa smurfed its way onto the internet today :( The real version will be at radio and iTunes June 16th :)— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) May 17, 2013
West has always been a bit of a hothead. He likes things done on his schedule, but when it comes to music, sometimes that's just not possible. Leaks do happen, and if he's smart, he'll once again take ownership of the situation by putting the official version back on his website. Everyone will stop caring about the leaked version if they have easy access to the original.