Producer Claims Future Filed Copyright Claim Over Desiigner’s “Panda” (UPDATE)

UPDATED 6/20/17 10:30 a.m. ET: Mike Dean has sent in the following statement to XXL:

“The kid lost the stems to the beat. It had some samples in the original from a film. I recreated some of the stems enough to patch up the beat and remove the samples. I was gonna recreate the whole beat then I found a way to keep it. Major labels don’t play with samples not being cleared The song would never have come out or cleared legal at Def Jam. If that’s nothing, then he’s right.

“He should have better file management skills if he works at an electronics repair shop.

“He should get facts straight before he speaks on my name. I let the claim go because I have better shit 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.

“P.S. He should also thank Plain Pat (the best A&R in the world and my favorite co-producer) who made us (G.O.O.D. Music) all aware of “Panda” in the first place.”

Original story is below.

Desiigner’s 2015 debut single “Panda” catapulted the rapper into hip-hop stardom. The track dominated the airwaves, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance, topped the Billboard charts, and was sampled by Kanye West. It was the kind of introduction many rappers dream of; however, the mastermind behind the “Panda” beat hasn’t received the same success. In fact, he claims he’s still waiting on payment.

In a recent interview with DJBooth, 23-year-old Menace said he hasn’t been fully compensated for producing “Panda” due to a legal claim filed by Future.

“There was a situation with Future putting [an infringement] claim in because apparently, he said that ‘Panda’ sounded like ‘Fuck Up Some Commas.’ So we were just about to see the checks but there’s been a lot of delays so we won’t see anything until next year anyway,” Menace said. “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. 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.”  A representative for Future denied Menace's claims, saying that they are “not true.”

People have been comparing Desiigner to Future for some time now, pointing to similarities in their rap styles. During a 2016 interview with Complex, Desiigner shared his thoughts about the comparisons, insisting he had no beef with Atlanta rapper.  

“God gave him a blessing, but he gave me a blessing too. I ain't gonna doubt the man's music. He make beautiful music too. Music is made every day,” he said. “Big ups to him, big ups to Future. I actually like Future’s music. I like his music, you feel me. I’m not a hater or a critic on him, you know, I do me. God bless him, God bless me.”

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Young Thug Proclaims Himself ‘The New ‘Pac’

Young Thug dropped his Beautiful Thugger Girls album over the weekend, with the release seemingly coming out of nowhere. Late Saturday, Thugger gave a brief explanation for the timing of his release via Twitter.

“I dropped E.B.B.T.G on 2PAC'S bday because I'm the #newPAC,” Young Thug wrote. “I feel like I am the thug he didn't get to become #SoImGoinFinishWhatHeStarted.”

From Max B calling himself “Biggaveli” to Kodak Black releasing Lil B.I.G. Pac, and Troy Ave naming an album NuPac, there are several examples of artists invoking the name of the late Tupac Shakur to promote their projects. 

June 16 marked not only the late Shakur’s birthday but an official Tupac Shakur Day recognized by Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf. One can point to a rather direct correlation between Shakur’s frequent practice of calling himself a thug and using the acronym T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. and Young Thug’s rap moniker. 

However, many took issue with the statement. Shakur fans and Young Thug supporters found themselves clashing in Thugger’s mentions after he posted the tweet.

This wouldn't be the first time Thugger has name checked one of his influences. Jeffery was peppered with the rapper's inspirations, with artists like Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean and Kanye West working their way into song titles. Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls is available for purchase and streaming now.

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Former Officer Who Fatally Shot Philando Castile Found Not Guilty of All Counts

On Friday afternoon Jeronimo Yanez, the former police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile last summer during an otherwise routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, was found not guilty of all counts:

Jury deliberations spanned 27 hours over five days. And, when the verdict was real aloud in court, Castile's family angrily stormed out of the courtroom.

Yanez had been charged with second-degree manslaughter, as well as two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car with Castile (and her four-year-old daughter) at the time, and who had livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook, released a statement about the verdict where she said that she was “incredibly disappointed” with the outcome:

Additionally, the St. Anthony Police force for which Yanez had worked for announced he would not return to his former position.

That statement read:

“The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city. The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer.”

Castile's mother, Valerie, also addressed the press after the judgment was rendered. “There has always been a systemic problem in the state of Minnesota, and me thinking, common sense that we would get justice,” she said. “But nevertheless the system continues to fail black people. I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota. My son loved Minnesota. He had one tattoo on his body and it was of the Twin Cities. My son loved this city, and the city killed my son and the murderer gets away.”

Prosecutors, who are set to speak around 5 p.m. CT today, had argued that Yanez had racially profiled Castile when he pulled him over for a busted brake light. Yanez counters that he believed Castile was a suspect in a convenience store robbery that had occurred four days earlier. Castile was never connected to that crime.

Yanez's defense attorneys had argued that Castile was at fault because the officer had seen him reach for a gun despite his demands to not reach for his weapon. Castile had previously informed Yanez that he had a firearm and was licensed to carry it. That was according to Reynolds, who said on her Facebook stream, “He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm.”

The footage then goes on to show Yanez yelling, “I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand off it!” To that Reynolds replied, “You told him to get his ID, sir. He was just getting his license and registration.” Dash cam footage recorded audio of Castile saying he wasn't going for his gun.

The shooting had been one of several that had ignited nationwide protests amidst charges that it was yet another instance of police brutality against the black community.

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He's just 13 years old, but Mitchell Sozio is already the plug for some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.

We were first introduced to “Littysneaks” last month, when he was the subject of a profile by the Daily Front Row. Among the many interesting tidbits about this young entrepreneur is the fact that his nanny plays a role in shipping sneakers to customers. To get a first-hand account of Littysneaks experience, Rich “Maze” Lopez and Brendan Dunne invited the New York-based teen to be a guest on Full Size Run.

Detailing his path to becoming a renowned reseller, Littysneaks cites Kanye West as a personal influence when he was in the sixth grade. He started off just buying pairs for his personal collection before realizing there was money to be made by picking up extras.'

“I realized that I had all of these connections,” explained Sozio. “And I was like 'I can make all this money and instead getting one pair, I can just get eight pairs and flip it.”

While he won't reveal the names, Sozio says he has a clientele of A-list celebrities with social media followings in the multi-millions. He's made as much as $3,000 selling a single pair of sneakers.

Watch the full interview with Littysneaks above. If you'd like to listen on the go, check out the audio version below and subscribe to Full Size Run on iTunes.

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Complex News caught up with G.O.O.D. Music president and your favorite rapper's favorite rapper Pusha T at Adidas x Parley Run for the Ocean event, which draws awareness to marine life and ocean preservation. 

While there, Complex's own Jinx chopped it up with the veteran MC about his upcoming album, King Push. Not only did Pusha reveal he's about 85 percent done with the much anticipated project, but he also shared Kanye produced a majority of it. “It's mostly Kanye West,” Pusha said when asked if the Neptunes were still producing a bulk of it. “Amazing beats, and the bars is just… you know.” 

Check out the full video to find out what G.O.O.D. Music fans can expect from the crew in 2017.

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5 Things We Learned About 2 Chainz on ‘Everyday Struggle’

2 Chainz joined Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska Alexis on Thursday's new episode of Everyday Struggle. The new Chainz album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music drops Jun. 16 and will be followed by a just-announced tour of the same name spanning 35 dates, so there was plenty to discuss during the hour-long conversation. 

Below, we've rounded up 5 highlights from the latest episode of Everyday Struggle. The full interview can be watched above.

2 Chainz is already working on the follow-up to Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.

“I'm not content,” 2 Chainz said. “I'm thirsty for more success, more fans, bigger venues, more touring.” Chainz added that he wakes up with new ideas every single day. “I'm gonna fuck the game up,” he said. The next album will show “this other side” of Chainz as an artist.

2 Chainz doesn't worry about counting bars.

“I didn't know a line where a line ended,” Chainz said of his early work, noting that he still doesn't worry about when hooks come in on a track. “So the first people who were teaching me how to do bars, I just was one of them defiant students.” 

Lil Wayne helped 2 Chainz ditch the idea of traditional music structure.

Elaborating on his “I don't know how to count bars” approach, Chainz credited Lil Wayne with teaching him how to not give a single fuck about traditional song structure. While on tour with Wayne in 2008, Chainz witnessed Wayne rap beyond what he thought was “the hook sound” of a track before Wayne shut that entire concept down. “I said, 'Hey bruh, you rapped over the hook sound,'” Chainz recalled. “He said, 'Boy, ain't no hook sound, bitch.'”

2 Chainz recorded “Birthday Song” on the tour bus.

“Birthday Song,” his collaboration with Kanye West from the 2012 album Based on a T.R.U. Story, was recorded on his tour bus. “When I bought a bus, it had a studio in it,” Chainz said. “So 'Birthday Song' was done in my bus. [Kanye West] flew to South by Southwest to see me perform. We got on my bus and did 'Birthday Song.' I did a lot of my album, the first album that you hear, on my bus already doing shows and touring. To me, the studio was my trap.”

2 Chainz believes hip-hop shouldn't have rules, even when it comes to ghostwriting.

“What's happening is, you can still get you a Lamborghini and not be on TV,” Chainz said. “They reward you differently now.”

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Tyler, The Creator's creativity is undeniable. Everything Tyler makes has his fingerprints all over it, and he's managed to retain artistic integrity throughout his rise. In the new Cherry Bomb documentary, we get a behind-the-scenes look at Tyler's creative process, how he works with others, and how his ambitious ideas come to life. The doc was directed by Illegal Civilization's Mikey Alfred, and features cameos from many of Tyler's friends and collaborators, including Pharrell, Kanye West, Syd, and Vince Staples. 

Check out some of the things we learned about Tyler through this doc above, and watch the entire thing here.

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A Recent History of Kanye West’s Music Leaks

Truth be told, music leaks every day, and while some artists' pre-release material might move the news cycle for a bit, no one can dominate a conversation quite like Kanye West. Over the years, his leaks have become the thing of legend, with entire sections of the internet dedicated to cataloging the build-up of new Kanye music, watching it evolve from demos and pre-release material to the finished product (or, in the case of The Life of Pablo, the songs' evolution).

This is something to ponder as we try to figure out what his most recent leaks will end up being. Boasting features from Young Thug, Migos, and ASAP Rocky, the songs have been teased for over a year, with no clear cut indication on where they'd end up. Judging by Kanye's leak history, we might not even get the same songs that we heard this week.

Let's look back at Kanye West's leaked track history in recent times.

May 28, 2010: No one man should leak all that “Power”

Long before we knew what a powerhouse of an album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy would turn into, Kanye fans were just hoping he was on his way back toward traditional hip-hop after 2008's 808s and Heartbreak.

When “Power” leaked in the spring of 2010, it was all the evidence we needed to declare Kanye was back. There weren't a whole lot of changes in the song in the time between the leak and the album's final release, but the initial product was so good that it didn't really matter.

May 31, 2013: Q-Tip introduced us to “Mama's Boyfriend”

A track by the name of “Mama's Boy” had been rumored amongst Kanye fans for years, and was allegedly rapped a capella at the Facebook offices during the promotional tour for MBDTF. It didn't end up on the album, and a fake version would eventually surface on the internet in 2011.

Mercifully, Q-Tip freed what sounds like a final version of the song titled “Mama's Boyfriend” while lecturing at the Red Bull Music Academy in 2013. The upbeat snippet didn't sound like it would have fit on MBDTF, but at least it was finally confirmed to be a real track.

Aug. 12, 2014: Someone recorded “All Day” on their phone

The fight to be first on the internet is real, and it was part of the reason “All Day” hit the streets long before the scheduled release date. The leaked version was reportedly unfinished, and Kanye claimed to continue working on the song until March 2015.

Despite the shoddy quality and incomplete nature of the original “All Day” leak, it managed to rise to No. 1 on Billboard's Twitter Trending 140 for five hours. That's the power of Kanye in a nutshell.

March 11, 2015: Kanye thinks Kim Kardashian is “Awesome”

Kanye first played this song for a Met Gala crowd way back in 2013, but it took another two years—and a stolen Kanye laptop—for this song to hit the internet. “Awesome” is believed to be a salute to his wife, Kim Kardashian, but the response to the song was nothing like the title.

Fans have warmed up to Kanye's use of Auto-Tune over the years, but things went into overkill on this one. “Awesome” was never released officially, and maybe that's for the best.

April 11, 2015: Kanye's got the “Midas Touch”

Dropping seemingly out of nowhere, this gold-themed song was speculated to be a reference track for Rihanna, in the same vein of her song “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Her name is all over the track, and Kanye was working together with Rihanna at the time, with their song “Four Five Seconds” releasing months prior to the “Midas Touch” leak.

That's all speculation, however, because there has been no indication since the leak about what the song was supposed to become. Consider this a partially-unsolved mystery.

Jan. 21, 2016: Miley Cyrus hops on “Black Skinhead”

Kanye loves boasting about his ability to mix untraditional combinations of artists—call him Kwa-li or Kwe-li, he'll put him on songs with Jay-Z—and putting Miley Cyrus on a song called “Black Skinhead” certainly qualifies. Cyrus sang lyrics from Tears For Fears' “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” while West switched up the delivery of his lyrics, mixing in Travis Scott vocals alongside a toned-down inflection.

Mike Will hinted the song was in the works dating back to 2013, and hopefully you took advantage of the leak when it finally emerged, because it's a difficult track to hunt down these days.

Feb. 18, 2016: Reddit user releases a whole lot of Pablo tracks

The Life of Pablo is more of a “living” album than a traditional release, and one rambunctious Redditor thought he'd join the creative process for Kanye's latest solo album. Just days after Kanye released Pablo, original or demo versions emerged, including the original version of “Wolves,” full versions of “Waves” and “Fade,” and new tracks like “Only One,” “New Angels,” and a remix of “All Day.”

Kanye wasn't shy about telling the public he had a whole lot of unreleased music in the vault during TLOP, but he didn't comment on this particular leak.

March 31, 2016: Apple Music accidentally leaks “Saint Pablo”

Rappers are always happy to tell you when a record label or third party screws the pooch, and Kanye had a case to make when “Saint Pablo” leaked in early 2016. Ye's link up with Sampha was accidentally posted on Apple Music for a few hours in March, taken down, and then eventually added to Pablo in mid-June.

It wasn't an unknown property when the tech giant let it fly—Kanye had been performing it at shows prior to the leak—but come on, Apple. You only had one job!

Oct. 6, 2016: A Young Thug-assisted version of “Famous” hits the net

Kanye's controversial Pablo track came under fire for targeting pop icon Taylor Swift, but an unreleased version of the song that surfaced later in 2016 changed the formula entirely. Rihanna and Swizz Beatz' vocals got dropped from the track in favor of Young Thug, and West name-dropped his ex, Amber Rose, rather than firing shots at Swift in the track's intro.

The Kanye-Thug collaboration sounded like it was unfinished, but I guess we'll never know—we're still waiting for an official release of this one.

June 4, 2017: Collaborations with Young Thug, Migos, ASAP Rocky, and Travis Scott surface

Individuals behind a site called Music Mafia allegedly hacked Drake's Twitter and afterward were able to get their hands on two songs from Kanye—”Hold Tight” featuring Migos and Young Thug and “Euro (Switch Hands)” featuring ASAP Rocky—as well as a preview of another track with Travis Scott. 

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