News: UPDATE: Drake Fires Back At Kia Shine, "The Claims Of 25% Ownership Are False"
Friday, Sep 18, 2009 12:53AM
Drake has responded to Kia Shine's alleged "25 percent ownership" accusations regarding his hit "Best I Ever Had" record and said the claims made on the Southern artist's behalf are completely fabricated.
Responding to the reports on his daily blog, Drizzy said he has never met Shine and does not share a quarter of his publishing with the producer.
"There have been questions posed to me the last few days about the writing of 'Best I Ever Had' and I figured I'd take the time to clear the air directly," he wrote Thursday (September 17) night. "I have never met Kia Shine or worked with him. I wrote the entire composition in Toronto and I borrowed one line from a Lil Wayne song that he produced the BEAT for. The claims of 25% ownership are false and for a artist to brag about splits on a song is distasteful to begin with." (October's Very Own)
Writing via Twitter, Shine initially posted images of himself being awarded with Billboard plaques in recognition of the song.
"maan i am not a hater, if someone is blessed with something i commed them and encourage, not discourage," he wrote earlier this week. "for all the nob believers here is the pic taken from Sept.10th's Bm1 awards in NY where I won 3 awards for my publishing share of 'BEST I EVER HAD'...this message is for all the non-believers YES kia shine OWNS 25% OF THE DRAKE SONG 'THE BEST I EVER HAD' 3 BMI AWARDS FOR THE SONG GOING #1 ON 3 BILLBOARD CHARTS. GO BUY HIS EP TODAY! MY FAMILY APPRECIATES IT! ... its all there! can't make sh*t like this up (Kia Shine's Twitter)
He also took credit for a portion of the song's verbal bars.
"They sampled a record that I did for Lil Wayne, called 'Do it for the Boy.' I wrote the hook and the beat for that track," he said in an interview today. "After they heard that and made the Drake song, they settled out for 25 percent." It was also reported in the new Billboard Magazine that Nakia Coleman aka Kia Shine was indeed the writer of the hit song, "Best I Ever Had". Kia Shine who has been on top of the charts with his own song, "Krispy" which peaked at number 66 on the Billboard charts, is also credited with signing and promoting hip hop artist, Yo Gotti. (Examiner)
While initial speculation grew over whether Kia also helped pen the record, additional reports suggested he just produced the original track.
So the Internets are abuzz with claims that Kia Shine ghostwrote Drake's 'Best I Ever Had.' Although he does own a portion of one of rap?s biggest hits, it appears to be because he produced the original Young Money joint that inspired it. As you can hear in the opening verse of Lil Wayne's "Do It For The Boy", Drake lifted the melody and a few words from Weezy. So Mr. Carter and Kia get a piece of the pie. BMI awards and all. That's how the music biz works, kids. (Rap Radar)
Check out Kia Shine's sampled "Do It For The Boy" song below: