We were thrilled to finally get an official recording of Kanye West’s “Mama’s Boy” (which was first thought to be called “Mama’s Boyfriend”), but as it turns out, we never really did. According to a statement released by Island Def Jam, someone got a hold of Kanye’s vocals, added their own beat underneath it, and leaked it to the Internet. So although the words are all Yeezy, the music isn’t. Read the full statement from Island Def Jam below.
“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. 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.“
Well, at least we still have the footage of Kanye delivering his song a cappella while standing on a table at Facebook HQ. And to be perfectly honest, his rhymes in this song don’t need music – the emotional story of “Mama’s Boy” works perfectly just as spoken word.