El-P Embraces Early Leak Of New Album, True Fans Vow Support

from the that's-how-it's-done dept

I had a nice moment when I saw this and hesitated to write about it. As we see more and more and more artists (even Metallica!) embrace early leaked copies of their albums, it's getting less and less newsworthy—which is fantastic. Still, I was pleased to see that rapper/producer El-P (one of my personal all-time favorite artists, who I was lucky enough to interview briefly years ago) had a great reaction to the leak of his much-anticipated new album, expressing his support and offering up some reasons to buy:

elephant in the room: i know a lot of yall already got the album. im ok with that. if you enjoy it and can afford to support me doing more music hit up www.definitivejux.net and pre order. there are dope deals on there. love, el

The pre-order packages include some cool, if somewhat basic, extras like signed posters and limited edition colored vinyls. Judging from the reaction in the comments of the Facebook post, plenty of fans have downloaded it but still want the official copy, and some are even vowing to wait for its release rather than listen to the leak. One states that even if he didn't like the new album he would still buy it "as a thank you for your sonic contribution to my life". Now that's what true fandom looks like—and artists who cultivate it don't have to worry about leaks and piracy.

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Apr 2012 @ 8:40pm

    The "embracing" he is doing is trying not to show that he is probably pissed off about the thieft of his album, and yes he is begging people in a way, by saying I got other cool stuff, if you buy my album, which you already own, cause you ilegally downloaded it

    ""So let me get this straight: when an artist doesn't want people do download their music, everyone should respect their wishes. But when an artist doesn't care, they are wrong and you know what's good for them much better than they do?""

    No, you are saying whats good for them is to do business your way, whats wrong with NOT stealing the artists music??
    oh thats right, marcus the minion of mike, all things should be free, and only mike and his kind know whats best for all people

    and he deosn't care if people download his music, he wants them to PAY for it, which you should if you wanted it

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