Universal Music has released a statement on behalf of Kanye West following the unauthorized leak of “Mama’s Boy” earlier this week. According to the label, the version of the song that hit the Internet on Tuesday was the product of an unknown producer taking the session vocals and adding his or her own beat.
“The version of the Kanye West recording ‘Mama’s Boy’ that arrived on blog sites earlier this week is entirely bogus and unsanctioned, and violates the artist’s creative intentions,” read the statement. “As is often the unfortunate case, an unknown party or parties got a hold of Kanye West’s vocal track and added their own soundbed to it, effectively and falsely releasing it as a Kanye West track from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions. The result in no way resembles the final song Kanye West intended his fans to hear, and he is deeply disappointed that one of the most personal, meaningful and special songs he has ever written would reach people in this way. Needless to say, measures are being taken to identify and prosecute the persons responsible for leaking this material.”
Kanye first premiered the song during a performance at the Facebook headquarters with the intention of releasing the track on a deluxe edition of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.