Due to hackers releasing unfinished tracks off his new album, Kanye West has announced the cancellation of this week’s G.O.O.D. Friday song.
This afternoon, blogs began posting unfinished leaks of “Lost in the World,” “All of the Lights,” and “Touch It.” Early reports state that an unidentified hacker obtained the tracks and then bids from blog sites who wished to have the tracks first.
West took to Twitter to express his immense disappointment with the hacking. For over a month, Kanye has been releasing free music every week featuring high-profile guests like Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Mos Def, Nicki Minaj, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, and Pusha T. Earlier today, Lloyd Banks gave fans a heads up that he would be on this week’s G.O.O.D. Friday, which may also feature Nas. That song’s release is now in doubt.
“Due to blogs leaking unfinished songs from my actual album I’ve decided to pass on G.O.O.D. Fridays this week,” Kanye stated. “It’s messed up that one hacker can mess everything up for everyone. I love to take a year to finish my songs and deliver them to you guys in there most completed form.”
West further detailed the work he has put in daily to make sure fans received high quality every week for G.O.O.D. Friday. The G.O.O.D. Music founder also has been juggling time for his Watch the Throne EP with Jay-Z, an upcoming special performance for Saturday Night Live, and completing a 40-minute film for the song “Runaway.”
“It would have seemed like since I give free music every week, even the lowest form of human being would respect that enough not to leak unfinished songs from my real album,” he continued. “I’m in the studio or editing suite every night to 3AM finishing the film and the album or practicing for my SNL performance. We’ve got four engineers mixing the album to finish it as soon as possible.”
At press time, Kanye West has not canceled next week’s (October 8) G.O.O.D. Friday edition.
I think in 2010 most artists have come to the realization that they’re albums will leak at minimum a week before the actual release date. But I don’t think any of them can ever be content with the idea of their art being disseminated all over the net while they’re still in the creative process.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be some time (if ever) before journalism ethics becomes normal Hip-Hop blogger protocol. These days the concern for many is simply being the first to report news or a new song instead of being the one who gets the story right. Because of that disturbing reality, we gets cases like this with everyone falling over themselves to post an unfinished song hoping for a few extra site hits.
Kanye has a great thing going with G.O.O.D. Friday. It’s a perfect example of how an artist should mobilize his fanbase. So I sincerely hope he doesn’t let this latest nonsense deter too much from his vision.