As much as the Nigerian music scene has been buzzing from the release of Phyno’s debut album, No Guts No Glory, there has been some controversy to follow it up.
Rumbles started after fans who listened to Phyno’s Authentic (featuring Flavour), pointed out that the hook (performed by Flavour) sounds very similar to the hook on DJ Spinall’s Gba Gbe which was performed by Burna Boy. DJ Spinall went on twitter to voice his displeasure with what he described as pretty much ripping the entire chorus.
They COPIED the entire chorus bro @BabaOloriokoBB: How can u play that song and tell me some parts don’t sound like spinall’s song”
— DJ SPINALL (@DJSPINALL) March 22, 2014
Highly disappointed with a lot Nigerian artiste. Smh … A lot of you are never grateful. Greed will eventually ruin all you have. — DJ SPINALL (@DJSPINALL) March 22, 2014
But that might not be the full story. A close source familiar with the whole incident and both camps has said that actually both Flavour and Burna Boy came up with the melody together in one of their working sessions for a different project. Burna Boy used the melody on the song “Gba Gbe” that was released earlier, but Flavour already had that melody and ended up using it on Phyno’s Authentic chorus. Based on that statement, this might be just an issue of someone put it out first before the other. On our contact with DJ Spinall he expressed his disappointment, but stated he didn’t want to make a big deal about it as he considers Phyno a pretty cool guy, and doesn’t want to throw much shade on his first project. As of yet, Burna Boy hasn’t said anything publicly although he did put out a tweet that could be read as a subliminal message.
I guess i shud just stick to having no friends because d 1’s I get sure about are always d 1’s to disappoint me.
— Burna RanKin #BBG (@burnaboy) March 22, 2014
Phyno on the other hand has stayed clear of any messages on social media, and so has Flavour.
There’ll definitely be more to come from this in the coming weeks, but the questions we have here are, if what our source is saying is confirmed to be true, where does the ownership lie? Is there a right to ownership on either party? Is it ripping to bite the melody, even if the words is completely different? Do Phyno and DJ Spinall know the full story from their features?
I can’t answer these questions, but I’ll be more than happy to get your comments. We’ll certainly hope there will be some press statements coming from both camps to clear the air. If they want to.
The video for Gba Gbe is currently in production stages.