Rapper T.I., discussing the leak of ‘Swagga Like Us’ to MTV News.
“That’s some bullshit. I’m beating down the internet as we speak.”
“Don’t ruin the event. Wait till the cake comes out the kitchen before you eat it. That’s like a kid who sees his toys before Christmas; it takes away from me and I think it takes away from the fans as well. When it’s time, I’mma give it to you. They leaked my record with me and The Dream too. Leakage is never a problem I have had. I’m not used to it.”
T.I. uses a photograph by Trinidadian photographer Laura Ferreira without permission for his Carnivale-themed 35th birthday party on September 25th. The image was of a Carnivale costume designed by Anya Ayoung-Chee (also a Project Runway winner).
The photographer and designer names are erased, and the photo was used on Facebook, Twitter, as well as throughout the event.
T.I. eventually offered the following response:
“Obviously & commendably @lauraferreirastudios had the best & most impressively appropriate images that relate to the theme of the party,which lead to the planners using the images. Which in itself is them paying homage to your work.
“Let’s be clear guys. ITS A PARTY INVITE!!!!! Not album or even single artwork, not tee shirts we plan to sell, not framed & sold for our benefit…ITS A PARTY INVITATION GUYS!!!! I’ve seen world famous photos of worldly iconic figures used to invite people to parties all the time & with the photographs photoshopped & altered which takes away from the integrity of the art.”
Top image by Alex Crick, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0).