If news making the rounds is anything to go by, D’banj will no doubt face a bit of backlash from fans.
Apparently, the singer is yet to pay or credit the producer of his latest track ‘Emergency’ currently getting massive airplay in the country.
The producer, P-Loops in a chat with Pulse revealed that the beat of the song was more or less stolen from him, as he didn’t get any credit, payment or compensation for it.
He said: “I just wanted to make something that was Afro, full-time Afro Pop. I wanted to sound like the old school Fela kind of thing. It was coming in my head, and it kept on ringing, and I knew it was what I wanted to do.”
Olu Maintain listened to the beat, and took it to D’banj. The beat originally was for Olu Maintain, but while on the Koko Tour stop in Owerri, Imo State (which is coincidentally the home town of the producer), he played it to D’banj who loved it and voiced a new song on it.
For P-Loops that was the end of the beat until January 2016 when he heard the song like any other person. He instantly recognized his beat. No credit was given to the producer, even his vocal signature on the instrumental had been erased.
“I was in shock when I heard the next morning that the song was out. I didn’t record with D’banj, I think Olu sent the beat to him, and he recorded. There was no credit at all, no credit on the promo copy, there was no credit online, no credit whatsoever.
“I did try to talk to them, I talked to Olu Maintain in my office. My trademark was removed. The original beat had my trademark. I talked to them about it, and we were going to have a brief meeting about it, but till now, there has been no credit.
D’banj joins the list of musicians the likes of Wizkid, 2Baba and more, accused of intellectual theft.
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