T-Pain to Drop His Own Album Online, Insults Hackers While Doing So
You are a master of words, the very bard of insults. Recently, the rapper revealed that he would be dropping his OWN able online, instead of “dropping it” in a traditional album format. Many were surprised that the Grammy winning rapper would stop using the “traditional” method of sales. T-Pain decided to answer that with an amusing, but also very interesting view of the state of music and piracy today via his Twitter:
Since nobody wants to respect this form of art that you all say we “love” so much, I’m just gonna go ahead and start leakin the album myself tonight. well maybe I shouldn’t rant but everybody was lookin at me strange when I said I didn’t wanna drop my album, it’s not that album sales weren’t doin good for hip hop and rnb , it just felt like no one respected “music” anymore.
You know what, you guys enjoy the post game and I’ll find my own ways to take care of my family. Oh and btw the “I Am T-Pain” Toy Microphone is comin in June (google that). To all the hackers and leakers thanks for showin interest in my music but I feel like I’ve been taken advantage of when I’m just tryin to let ppl know what’s goin on with my music and then you audio highjack it for your own amusement I would have been happier if you would have just waited to get a better quality version of the song but it’s cool its pretty much my fault anyways, so for the most part y’all can suck a fart out of a homeless mans ass. [best. insult. ever.]
And to the fans, I know I talk a lot of sh*t but I’m a cool dude and I wanna say that without y’all and Tallahassee and Akon and Bu and the nappy headz and the team that I have now, I wouldn’t be half the guy I am today so thank you as well. Here we go again YASIMELIKE
The piracy issue is a fascinating one. On the one hand, I hear many argue that, without piracy, not only would less people hear new music, but we’d also have less push for people to make music available online. That said, it clearly hurts the artist to steal they’re product.
Where do we stand, readers? Are you a pirating, Torrent-finding extraordinaire? Or do you take a more traditional stance and pay the creator for their product?