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.
damn @Boi1da wake up everyday tryna come for me lmao i'm honored. at the end of the day you one of my favorite to ever do it man— Foreign Teck (@ForeignTeck) December 9, 2016
@ForeignTeck Just letting the ppl know that you're a thief and this has nothing to do with anyone but you.— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) December 9, 2016
@ForeignTeck you're really out here reverse engineering beats. It ain't about money and placements, it's the principle.— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) December 9, 2016
Lol thief .. all good tho.. our run continues as always with out stealing shit ...we create not remake.. https://t.co/1LgZtG0Yu8— Vinylz (@Vinylz) December 9, 2016
He said "I'm sorry bro.. I was inspired . I look up to you" few months later he decides to remake the whole beat and give it to Bryson— Vinylz (@Vinylz) December 9, 2016
He even offered me publishing on the song.. why would u offer publishing if you didn't steal it?...— Vinylz (@Vinylz) December 9, 2016
Fuck all this shit tho. This ain't even my style. Me and 1da make hits in our sleep. We just had to address this.— Vinylz (@Vinylz) December 9, 2016
S/o to my brother Bryson . He has nothing to do with this. This is all directed at the producer— Vinylz (@Vinylz) December 9, 2016
I have no problem with producers being inspired and trying to sound like me .. but don't steal my shit and put it out before me..— Vinylz (@Vinylz) December 9, 2016
https://t.co/0It4HowCm2 perfect time to address this! this clown said i stole it from him. how many niggas i stole ONE beat from? smh— Foreign Teck (@ForeignTeck) December 9, 2016
it's easy to pick the bigger producer and run with it. but facts are if he had an argument i would've BEEEEEN fucked. clearly— Foreign Teck (@ForeignTeck) December 9, 2016
if @Vinylz tweeted that the sky was green some of y'all dickriders would believe him. smh— Foreign Teck (@ForeignTeck) December 9, 2016
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