News: DJ Absolut Sues Over Drake's "Best I Ever Had" Hit
Monday, Jun 7, 2010 9:15AM
New York radio personality DJ Absolut has reportedly filed a lawsuit claiming that he helped contribute to the production of Drake's "Best I Ever Had" hit song.
Absolut has filed a lawsuit against the song's alleged co-producer/writer Kia Shine.
DJ Absolut says Shine, whose real name is Nakia Coleman, agreed in December 2008 to pay him 20% of all proceeds that came from the use of his beat. But Shine secretly went to Drake last September and cut a deal to get a 25% interest in the song's copyright - an arrangement that has already netted him $1 million, the lawsuit claims. The lawyer for DJ Absolut says Shine's representatives have refused to return his calls. "Kia Shine needs to uphold his end of the agreement," said Muir's lawyer, Brian Levy. "It wasn't my client's desire to resort to legal action to get him to do it. We've reached out to him, but he has not chosen to respond." (New York Daily News)
Last fall, Shine posted images of Billboard plaques he was awarded in recognition of the song via his Twitter page.
"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)
Shine claims that he owns 25% of the song.
"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)
Drake later came forward and addressed Shine's involvement on the smash hit.
"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)
No further details have been released as of now.