After having a successful week with his album Certified Lover Boy, Drake has amounted over half a million units in the U.S. alone. According to Chart Data on Twitter:
— chart data (@chartdata) September 9, 2021
Besides having everyone talking about the album’s cover, his beef with Kanye West about the sampling of the song “Lift Yourself”. But there’s a lot of trouble for the singer. Over a co-writing credit which was given to alleged sexual predator R-Kelly on the song TSU.
One of Drake’s producers Noah Sheb went on social media to clear up the misunderstanding, stating:
“At the beginning is a sample of OG Ron c talking. Behind that faintly which you can’t even hear is an r Kelly song playing in the background,” said the producer in the comments of an Instagram post.
“It has no significance, no lyrics are present, r Kelly’s voice isn’t even present, but if we wanted to use Ron c talking we were forced to license it. Doesn’t sit well with me, let me just say that. And I’m not here to defend Drake’s lyrics, but I thought I would clear up that there is no actual r Kelly present, and it’s a bit misleading to call him a co-lyricist. … to think we would stand beside that guy or write with him is just incredibly disgusting.”
To be more clear, it has become a requirement for people in the creative industry to give credit. From the most minute detail in their creation because of copyright and fear of facing a lawsuit.
R. Kelly Debacle
The artist is currently on trial for sexual exploitation and abuse towards minors during his active years. These accusations stem from various victims and people who have worked for the artist, the ones who are testifying against him in court.
According to itv the prosecutor mentioned that he willingly invited women and children to accompany him backstage after shows. And when finally alone with then he became “dominate and controlling them physically, sexually and psychologically.”
Drake is not the only one who has faced controversy regarding crediting production towards other artists. Similarly, Kanye West had features with DaBaby and Marilyn Manson on his latest album as well. Olivia Rodrigo recently credited the band, Paramore, as co-writers in her song “Good 4 u”.