Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated album, Tha Carter V has sparked the internet’s latest viral craze: the “Uproar” challenge. The sensational banger features and is co-produced by the iconic Swizz Beatz. However, the duo might have to put the celebrations on hold. Famed Bronx-bred producer, Ez Elpee is reportedly enraged over Weezy and Swizz not officially crediting him despite the noted sampling of his 2001 produced hit, “Special Delivery.”
“That was a hit record. It stood the test of time,” Elpee says about “Special Delivery” and he’s right. The beat can drop at any time and will have people dancing down memory lane. When Tunechi initially sampled the beat on “Green Ranger,” he blatantly stated that he hated the beat. So, his usage of it now raised a few eyebrows including Elpee. “I just find it unusual that Wayne said that he hated the beat — on the beat — and now it’s on his album.”
While many may not know Elpee by name, he is the magic behind timeless hits like Nas’ “Oochie Wally,” Mobb Deep's "Get Away," Prodigy's "H.N.I.C.," Shyne's "Bad Boyz" and Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money.” He’s basically the epitome of letting your success speak for you. However, in a recent interview with Hip Hop DX, his initial reaction upon the song’s release was “they stole my sh*t.” He states when he reached out, Swizz tried “to downplay it.”
“I know you need a record. I understand that. I know you’re trying to reinvent yourself. That’s dope. There’s nothing wrong with that. But like damn my n***a, like you trying to act like you never heard ‘Special Delivery?',” he curtly said. For him, it’s about remaining consistent and original. “I took myself outside the box and experimented with what I thought the world would like. It still was what I liked, but it was what the world needed,” he said regarding early career milestones.
Luckily, Swizz did give Elpee a "super shout-out" via Twitter. So, it's all love.
Check out Elpee's full exclusive interview.
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