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Kanye West's 'Yeezus' leaks, Internet goes crazy

By Randall Roberts

Los Angeles Times

LAST UPDATED: 10:59 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES » “Yeezus,” the highly anticipated new album from Kanye West, leaked online this morning, resulting in immediate Twitter trending and sending less-ethical fans all over the world to various illegal download and mirror sites to get a free copy.

The back cover of the CD has also leaked, which shows the many samples and songwriters involved in West’s newest construction. Among those sampled include Nina Simone, whose version of “Strange Fruit” gets center stage on “Blood on the Leaves.” The title takes its name from the lyrics to the song, which describes in horrifying detail the lynching of a black man.

Other samples include work by dancehall artists Capleton and Beenie Man, blues artist Latimore, rapper/producer Marley Marl and, most curiously, Hungarian prog rock band Omega on “New Slaves.” Collaborators also include Daft Punk, Frank Ocean, Justin Vernon, Kid Cudi, Chief Keef and others.

Though the leak was inevitable, West recently brushed off any concerns he had about sales numbers for the album, his sixth solo release. “Honestly at this point, I could give a ... about selling a million records as long as I put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to for all ... summer,” he told fans at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York last weekend.

“Yeezus” officially comes out on Tuesday.

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Mahalo wrote:
I love how they call it "Leaked" Hello its called a "PUBLICIST" you are paying them to promote the hype about your product. Idiots!
on June 14,2013 | 11:19AM
IAmSane wrote:
They're losing album sales when people are downloading leaked albums off the Internet for free. No musician wants this.
on June 14,2013 | 02:44PM
dsl wrote:
who cares...
on June 14,2013 | 11:55AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
"Though the leak was inevitable" What?
on June 14,2013 | 12:08PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Whatever, this guy lost all respect when he pulled that stunt onstage to the girl who won a music award (Taylor Swift?). After that, there's no reason to listen to anything from this punk of a guy, whether spoken, written or sung.
on June 14,2013 | 12:09PM
SteveToo wrote:
I agree 100%
on June 14,2013 | 06:26PM
what wrote:
The entire "Internet goes crazy"? Some journalists today will say anything to sensationalize their article.
on June 14,2013 | 01:12PM
hanalei395 wrote:
This kind of "news" has no interest in Hawai'i. We are not yet (and to use another poster's term) "Californiated".
on June 14,2013 | 02:37PM
IAmSane wrote:
Yo Kanye. I'm really happy for you. Imma let you finish but Kendrick Lamar had one of the best album leaks of all time. One of the best album leaks of all time!
on June 14,2013 | 02:42PM
false wrote:
Who the heck cares?
on June 14,2013 | 03:39PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Who cares, and this kind of L.A. culture is foreign to Hawai'i.
on June 14,2013 | 04:10PM
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