Trippie Redd has revealed that hackers attempted to extort him for $1 million over his latest album Mansion Musik.
The Ohio native joined Apple Music’s Zane Lowe for an interview, where he opened up about his project being “held to ransom” by hackers who threatened to leak it if he didn’t pay them the money.
Rather than cave to their demands, Trippie admitted he “rushed” the album’s release to defy the hackers and avoid having to cough up seven figures, which explains some of the mixing issues on the final product.
“I was held for ransom with my project,” he explained. “They wanted me to pay them $1 million ’cause they had all my records. Every single last one, all the features. They had all my songs so I had to rush the project out.
“On top of that, the Travis [Scott] song, I had it, but I didn’t have the session. So that’s what Travis sent to me. I didn’t mix it — my engineer didn’t mix it. I had to run with it because if I didn’t, the whole project was gonna release and it would’ve been a big thing.”
He added: “I was like, ‘If I don’t drop it now, then it’s gonna be out there and they’re gonna hear it regardless and they’re gonna hear the bad mix regardless. I’ma put it out unmixed and see what they think.'”
The 23-year-old said that he plans to reupload Mansion Musik to streaming services featuring a new and improved mix.
“I’ma fix the mix, though. It’s gonna be re-uploaded. I’m gonna fix everything,” he added. “I work through anything. God got the last laugh, you feel me? The Devil gonna throw so much at you, you can’t really let it bother you. You just take the bruises. You’ll heal eventually.”
Trippie also noted that Mansion Musik is far from the first album where he’s run into trouble with leakers.
“This has been a big thing. They have been hacking and leaking shit like crazy — at least my last two, three albums. I don’t know how they do it. Pegasus, it probably leaked two months before it dropped, bruh, and it still did extremely well.”
Despite being held to ransom by money-hungry hackers, Mansion Musik still came out the gates strong. The sprawling, 25-track project debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 56,000 units in its first week following its release on January 20.
In addition to Travis Scott, the star-studded album boasted guest appearances from Future, Lil Baby, Kodak Black, Lil Durk, Chief Keef, DaBaby, the late Juice WRLD and more.