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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2012 @ 5:19am

    Re:

    Y'know, captain horseshit, what really pisses me off about you is that you won't take ownership of your blatant shill opinions.

    I mean, sure, when we do call you on it, every so often, you talk about how you're apparently an incredibly successful musician who's scared of the backlash from us scary, scary Techdirters.

    Here's the thing, though; you keep calling us all pirates, so let's assume you're right, and that we are. What are we gonna do? Not-pay-for-your-shit more?

    No, if you're scared of a backlash, you're scared of it from people you know already give you money. You're scared of a backlash from the people you know damn well pay you for what you claim to do, because of the absolutely abhorrent views you hold.

    And that's why you have to be a shill. Because anyone who really thinks the way you do would own it. And they'd want to own it.

    And you don't want to own it, because you know that the opinions you claim to hold directly oppose the opinions of the people who pay for stuff they value.

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