Legal Trouble for One of 2016's Hottest Songs
If you missed Desiigner’s 2016 breakout hit “Panda,” you may have been living underneath some sort of noise-cancelling boulder. After being brought to the attention of Kanye West and his people at GOOD Music, the single was virtually unavoidable. By April of last year, it was sitting pretty at number one atop the Billboard Hot 100, making Desiigner the youngest artist since Lorde to hold a top 10 spot for more than nine weeks.
The song was written by Desiigner and Menace, a producer who was virtually unheard of prior to “Panda.” Now over a year since the song became a hit, Menace is claiming that Future and legendary hip hop producer Mike Dean, have put infringement claims on the track. Menace says that Future’s people think it sounds too much like his song “F**k Up Some Commas,” and Mike Dean is seeking compensation for tinkering with the production.
Are Future and Mike Dean, two industry titans, trying to take advantage of this upandcoming producer? Or perhaps Menace is simply getting a firsthand look at how ruthless the hip hop business can be…
Desiigner’s Big Year
Prior to his song “Panda,” Desiigner (then 18-years-old) was virtually unheard of. His real name is Sidney Royel Selby III, and despite his southern-trap style flow, he’s actually from Brooklyn.
Comparisons to Future
Desiigner is often compared to Atlanta-based rapper Future for his use of auto-tune and trap elements. It’s easy to see how conflict arose once his very Future-esqe song “Panda” became a success.
Menace’s “Panda” Beat
Prior to 2016, Menace was an up-and-coming hip hop producer from the U.K. In 2014, Desiigner found the beat that would later be used for “Panda” on YouTube and bought it for $200.
Little did he know that in a year he’d be working with Def Jam and Kanye West’s GOOD Music, eventually landing him a seven figure deal with Tim Blacksmith’s Stellar Songs.
But like all fast come-ups, there are bound to be obstacles…