But Menace, the producer behind Desiigner’s smash hit, seems to believe that Fewtch took his adversity with the G.O.O.D. Music signee into legal matters.
During an interview with DJBooth, Menace stated that Fewtch and his team went up against Desiigner with an infringement claim on the grounds that “Panda” was basically a rip-off of his 2015 chart-topper “F**k Up Some Commas.” Because of the legal situation, Menace added that he hasn’t received his just due payment for his work on the single.
“Not only [Future], Mike Dean, Kanye West’s producer, he put a claim in as well saying that he did something to the beat and he never did,” Menace said in the interview. “I don’t think we’ll see a check until probably next year. Right now, it’s just going through negotiations. The problem is that once someone puts a claim in, it just stops everything.”
Menace even alleged that Kanye can be tight-fisted when it comes to paying up his team for their work, adding that such was the case for the sample of the track included on The Life of Pablo.
“I doubt Kanye’s paid anyone, to be honest,” he said. “Kanye’s a funny one when it comes to paying people money.”
However, the lawsuit in question is apparently a false speaking point if you ask Ye’s aforementioned producer Dean. Confirmed by Pitchfork from one of Future’s representatives, there was never a lawsuit filed from Fewtch’s side to begin with. On the other hand, Dean revealed to XXL in a statement that he initially pursued a lawsuit, but never went through with it because “[he had] better s**t to do than fight with people over BS.” After discussing his work on the original track, Dean detailed where his grounds in the unofficial lawsuit came from as well.
“He should get facts straight before he speaks on my name,” the statement from Dean reads. “I let the claim go because I have better s**t to do than fight with people over BS. Hope he enjoys the bread and appreciates what I did to help him make $$. That’s about it. Menace, put some respek on my name. And thank god Mike Dean removed your samples, youngin. Should throw me a few points from his pocket my way, but I am doing ok with or without the ‘Panda’ bread.”
Hopefully the men have cleared up the confusion for good and the supposed Desiigner-Future rivalry sees an end soon, too.
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