News: UPDATE: Kia Shine To Drake "You're Probably Sensitive About Your Sh*t" But "I Will Be Receiving 25%"
Friday, Sep 18, 2009 5:00PM
After Drake denied Kia Shine's claims that he owned 25 percent of the publishing rights for the Canadian emcee's hit single "Best I Ever Had," the producer fired back with details about the situation.
Kia told Drake's camp and all doubters to speak with the executives at Universal to verify his publishing rights.
"This is something I knew about for like eight months or whatever and I knew once the BMI Awards happened or whatever then the blogs and all that would do they thing," he told Yee. "He took the track, they re-flipped the track, the took the melody, the cadence and they took some of the words on that same 'Do It For The Boy' song...It's no issue with me or Drake, it's just the business behind it. Sometimes if a guy is that hot, it's just business. These things happen...It just so happened to be one of the biggest records of this year and it happened to be Kia Shine...You cannot fabricate me up in New York getting the BMI award for this record. You see the pictures, I got three awards for the record going number one...It's definitely a real thing. No disrespect, but if you just got a publishing deal and you Drake and you just got a nice piece broke off to you because you told this one company you own this record with this producer when it's not true...I know n*ggas don't want sh*t like that getting out when you're an artist, you're probably sensitive about your sh*t but it is a true statement and I will be receiving 25 percent of whatever that song makes. And that royalty check will be the best I ever had." (Team Yee)
Prior to the interview, he also wrote via a blog entry to clarify the gossip.
"Basically I did a record for Lil Wayne called 'Do It For The Boy', which was on The Leak mixtape back in October," he wrote. "My dude DJ [Absolut] & Enuff was spinning the joint in NY. I gave Wayne the joint back in March of '08 and I had yet to hear the completed version until Absolute hit me. Actually, he was in the office with my man Daralle Jones at Atlantic. He wanted buy the song from me to use for Jahiem. I tried to contact Young Money to get paid for the original track before I made a move, but couldn't get anyone to hit me back. Producer note, as a producer, it's tough with mixtapes these days...It's really impossible for Wayne to do a mixtape track, because if the song is a hit, it's going to touch radio. That's why whenever I produce or perform on a record I immediately send it to my guy, Maani, on the publishing side to handle all the paperwork, etc...I get a call from Absolute and he's like, 'Yo, you sold the song to Drake.' I'm like who's Drake??? Absolute sent me the joint in January and I'm like...wooooow! Drake sampled the melody, some of the words, cadence, etc. So because I had already registered the original record, my business was in order. I sent in the Drake record and let my legal team handle it from there. We were able to settle at 25% of the 'Best I Ever Had' publishing. It's a blessing, but the moral of the story is to 'follow up to get your dollars up' and always be prepared and on top of your business. People should really read my discography and they would understand that this in no surprise. They will respect my mind and my grind soon enough." (Global Grind)
Drizzy, however, said the accusations of 25 percent publishing rights are false.
"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)
Check out Kia Shine's sampled "Do It For The Boy" song below: