Another Track on J. Cole's '4 Your Eyez Only' Has Stirred Up Drama

Rapper J. Cole performs onstage during The Meadows Music & Arts Festival on October 1, 2016 in New York City. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS        (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Another Track on J. Cole's '4 Your Eyez Only' Has Stirred Up Drama

Did you notice it too?

Published December 9, 2016

If you’ve gotten the opportunity by now to bless your headphones with J. Cole’s newest project, 4 Your Eyez Only, consider yourself very lucky.

You’re even more lucky if you have a good enough ear that you just so happened to catch the striking similarity of one of the tracks to a particular smash 2015 hit single: Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange.”

In case you didn’t, however, producers Boi-1da and Vinylz have got you covered, as well as the person they’re accusing of looting the beat for the T R A P S O U L track.

Scrolling to the third track on Cole’s fourth studio undertaking, you’ll notice that the silky beat and sample beneath his love-laced “Deja Vu” is identical to Tiller’s popular single. But in a production plot twist, Boi-1da and Vinylz say the beat belonged to them long before it made it to Tiller’s track — a track produced by the Florida-bred hitmaker Foreign Teck.

The producers, who joined forces on 4 Your Eyez Only, had no hesitation reminding everyone of it on Twitter on Friday (Dec. 9) to directly address the alleged sound perpetrator.

“Maybe Foreign Teck can explain to y’all why ‘Exchange’ and ‘Deja Vu’ sound similar, right Vinylz?” Boi-1da tweeted, tagging both of the producers.

When Teck responded with nothing short of nonchalance, the Toronto producer accused him of “reverse engineering beats” and had no apologies for calling him out on it. Vinylz jumped in shortly after, saying that “Deja Vu” was recorded well before the 2015 single and Teck allegedly pilfered it from a video that was sent to him from Vinylz with the beat playing in the background.

Despite the tension, however, Vinylz made sure to let everyone know that the 23-year-old R&B singer wasn’t at fault for what he considered thievery, but he felt it necessary to address the situation. In his defense, Teck claimed that he was the producer who originally created the beat. But because he’s of a smaller platform, he said, he knows people will jump to side with Vinylz and Boi-1da.

“This ain't my first rodeo with y'all n***gas, and it won't be my last,” he tweeted. “Some will listen to you, and some will see how wack you are for this.”

Peep the Twitter exchanges below.  

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

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