Trippie Redd has revealed that hackers tried to extort him out of $1 million for his latest album Mansion Music.
The Ohio native sat down with his Apple Music interview with Zane Lowe to talk about his project being “held for ransom” by hackers.
Rather than bowing to their demands, Trippy admits he “rushed” the album’s release to stand up to the hackers, explaining some of the problems with the final product’s mixing.
“I was held ransom for my project,” he explained. “They had all my paperwork and asked me to pay $1 million. All last, all features. They had all my songs and I had to rush the project.
“On top of that, I already had the Travis [Scott] song, but I lacked the session. Travis, therefore, sent me that. It wasn’t mixed by me or my engineer. I had to take it, or else the entire project would have been released and it would have been a big deal.
“If I don’t drop it now, then it’s going to be out there and they’re going to hear it regardless, and they’re going to hear the awful mix whatever,” he continued. I’m going to serve it straight up and see what they think.
The 23-year-old said he plans to re-upload Mansion Music to the streaming service with a new and improved mix.
“But I am in charge of the mix. “I am working on everything. God has the last laugh, do you feel me? The devil throws so many things at you that you can’t care…just take the bruise. It will heal in time. “
Trippie also said Mansion’s music was a far cry from his first album, which had leaker issues.
“It was a big deal. They hacked like crazy and released shit – at least my last couple of albums. I don’t know how they do it. Pegasus was leaking two months before his fall, but it was still performing very well. “
Despite being held for ransom by extortionate hackers, Mansion Musik performed well right away. The expansive 25-track album sold 56,000 units in the first week after its January 20 release, propelling it to No. 3 on the Billboard 200.