Megaupload ringleader Kim Dotcom working on an album, presumably so he can steal it from himself
In less than a week, Megaupload figurehead Kim Dotcom (yep, that’s his real name) has gone from mysterious non-entity to everybody’s favorite eccentric Internet celebrity. The story about his crazy action movie capture—which saw him decamp to his panic room with a sawed-off shotgun—has given way to his other interests, which include collecting expensive cars (nearly $5 million in sweet rides were seized upon his arrest, including a pink 1959 Cadillac and a 2010 Mercedes-Benz CL63 that had a license plate that read “HACKER”), acquiring art, sending threatening e-mails to his neighbors, and acting goofy in various videos online.
Music, however, is apparently the thing that really drives him. He had been in discussions with hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz about a position with the company, helped put together the “Megaupload Mega Song,” and was apparently in the process of putting together an album himself. According to one of the producers behind the “Megaupload Mega Song,” Dotcom had been working on tracks with producer Printz Board.
“It is a phenomenal project,” Joseph “Papa” Besson told MTV Hive. “Printz Board is producing this project with Kim. I am coordinating the logistics of the release, as well as consulting on the artwork. Printz Board is executing the vision that Kim has for this project to the letter. Kim is also pushing the limits with this project. He has some huge surprises for everyone. The mix of a musical genius in Printz and an actual genius in Kim Dotcom will be history in the making, I’m sure of it.”
It’s unclear exactly what the album would sound like, though considering Dotcom’s relationship with Beatz and the caliber of talent they got for the video for their first song (including Kanye West, will.i.am, Chris Brown, Diddy, and, uh, Serena Williams), you can bet it’ll be star-packed. Of course, he may not get the chance to lay down tracks any time soon, as he is still in custody and his bail status remains up in the air (a New Zealand judge will decide later today whether he can walk out with electronic monitoring while he awaits trial). But even if the whole thing is just Dotcom crooning about various websites for 60 minutes, it can’t be much worse than your average American Idol album, right?
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