If You Leaked Kanye West's "Mama's Boy," You'd Better Watch Your Back
The leak earlier this week of Kanye West's "Mama's Boy" (known first to the Internet as "Mama's Boyfriend") has, as you might expect, greatly displeased the moody MC and those people with interests in the business of his music. Last night Kanye's label Island Def Jam released a statement saying that he was "deeply disappointed":
"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. 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."
The claim that the version of "Mama's Boy" is some sort of alternate version would bear out the tweet sent out by DJ Premier shortly after the track leaked:
It also makes you wonder if for real someone is truly out to get Nas, who released "Nasty" earlier Monday only to have a bunch of his thunder stolen by Kanye hours later. Although if it's any consolation, I've only heard his song (over and over again) while listening to Hot 97 in recent days, and it still sounds pretty great...