It's nothing out of the ordinary for a single to leak to the Internet before the artist is ready for the public to hear it. It is rather extraordinary, however, when the song can virtually disappear from the Internet shortly after it's leaked. But then again, there's nothing ordinary about Lupe Fiasco.
Hours after the leak of "Shining Down," the supposed first single from his next (and no longer final) album Lasers, the song was taken down by most of the Web sites that had posted it. On Tuesday, Lupe issued a statement on his LupE.N.D. Blog denying that he leaked the record.
"I DON'T LEAK MY OWN RECORDS!!! I'M NOT A FAN OF LEAKING RECORDS OR OF DOWNLOADING!!! My entire first album leaked and possibly cost me from going platinum my first time out as the final estimates of how many people actually downloaded that album illegally was well over half a million."
"If you come across it and you like it and keep it to yourself that's all cool with me but to make it where as other people are able to download it in a public forum is honestly an insult to me. Especially because of how much I love you guys. That sh-- is kinda like a slap in the face."
According to Lupe, the leak was the result of someone hacking his e-mail account.
"I was about to fire my entire staff and cut off relationships over 'Shining Down' leaking last night," Lupe said. "The only possible explanation is my e-mail chain with the mix studio ... which is air tight — the studio that is ... was hacked and that's where the record came from."
Fiasco closed the post addressing the leak by saying that this will be his best-received album.
"Lastly, the album is f---ing ridiculous. I don't like to brag or sh-- like that but the album is sooooo f---ing crazy ... I have the experience and the freedom now to make what I think will be the best received album of my career."