A Week Full Of Hoaxes In Hip Hop: Wayne and ‘Ye
I don’t know what was going on in hip hop this week but it felt like we’ve got more hoaxes than music to talk about.
This week sparked a couple of stories that would be tragic, if only they were true. Instead, they were both revealed to be hoaxes targeting hip hop heavyweights – Young Money General Lil Wayne and Kanye Kardash… I mean West.
Hip Hop Hoax #1: Shooting at Lil Wayne’s Miami Mansion
Hip Hop Hoax #2: Kanye West’s Laptop Stolen
Also reportedly lost were designs for Ye’s clothing line with Adidas, booklet artwork for his new album (we know how intricate and unique those are) . . . and a look at his next sneaker design perhaps? Yes? No. Like the Wayne shooting, the theft of Kanye’s laptop was a hoax. Although, with the help of Twitter and Reddit, it was quickly passed on as truth. Gabriel Tesorier, vice president of Kanye’s label over at Dej Jam, set the record straight:
“The stories circulating that Kanye West’s laptop has been stolen are completely false, his laptop has never been out of his possession. Hence, the laptop has not been hacked, and there has been no leak of personal data such as unreleased music, photographs, designs, videos or any other personal files. The leak today of the unreleased track ‘Awesome’ was unrelated and completely coincidental.”