Two influential rap figures are battling online over compensation after Rod Wave was accused of failing to comply with required permits when sampling Louisiana rapper Boosie. Their debate has sparked discussions on social media about the ethics of sampling and whether current rules are too strict.
Boosie calls out Rod Wave for not releasing a sample
Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Ivy Hatch Jr., recently addressed his fans in an Instagram Live and revealed that he is annoyed about his music being sampled by other rappers.
In expletive-laden footage that has since been re-uploaded to TikTok, Boosie could be seen reading out a comment that read: “Rod Wave did it (Sampling Boosie) best, no cap,” which set the Set It Off -Rapper to explain exactly how he felt I’ll get over Wave’s decision to try out his work.
Boosie insisted to his viewers that he is not “in his feelings” about the situation and that he appreciates when rappers give him “his flowers” by sampling his work. Although he emphasized that music is a business and he demands fair compensation for the use of his work.
The song is Boosie’s 2010 track “Long Journey,” the hook of which can be heard on Wave’s song of the same name, released in September of that year.
Boosie continues his rant on Twitter
In response to his message going viral, Boosie took to Twitter on Sunday night to elaborate on his comments about Wave’s redesign of his chorus.
“IT’S BUSINESS AND YOU KNOW IT,” the 41-year-old wrote. “You expect me to take my kids to the release,” he further asked the Florida-born rapper.
Boosie used his message, which was written in all caps and included some swear words, to point out that Wave wouldn’t be able to sample the likes of Michael Jackson or Prince without using the necessary legal channels, so it shouldn’t be any other way when it comes to his work.
Wave was tagged at the end of the tweet, presumably to ensure Boosie’s message didn’t fall on deaf ears.
Rod Wave calls for a ceasefire
Opting for a less combative approach than his colleague, Wave returned to Boosie a few hours later – armed with a message of peace.
In a video message, Wave could be heard smiling and saying: “This shit needs to stop.” The 25-year-old encouraged the veteran rapper to approach him and urged him to settle the matter out of court.
Wave told his 1.5 million followers that a lawsuit wasn’t necessary and asked Boosie to “give him a number” so he could pay him and get the matter settled.
At the time of writing, Boosie has not responded to Wave’s demand for an out-of-court settlement.
The interaction sparked an online discussion about the art of sampling, with one Twitter user writing: “You can’t steal a man’s entire hook, word for word… I’m surprised he’s taking a legal route to get his fees.” to come…and then try to get a discount.” I contacted him on social media for HIS ORIGINAL PRODUCT only to legally avoid paying a higher/proper fee…this industry is dirty as hell!”
While many users expressed their sympathy for Wave, who was praised for his response to Boosie, he was attacked by a number of people, including another user who added: “Be a real Rod, you know you’re asking.” “You took his hook and made money with it, pay the man and move on.”
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