Bad Boy Records rapper French Montana has responded to recent claims by 2 Live Crew’s Uncle Luke over not being compensated for using his sample on last summer’s “Pop That” anthem.
According to Montana, his crew did reach out to Luke before the record dropped but discovered the Miami hip-hop artist did not own the rights to “I Wanna Rock.”
“Nah, he needs to own his product in order to be paid,” Montana said when asked if Luke had received money for sampling his “I Wanna Rock.” “We paid somebody named Jay something. He’s the one that own it, so, you know. When the record was about to come out, we reached out to him as anybody with any respect for anybody would, and then we find out he didn’t even own it. So, what we gonna pay you for? I mean, we brought you out at the BET Awards. Yeah, you know? If you don’t own the product, then what am I paying you for? That’s called extortion.” (Power 99 FM)
Last October, Luke said he would talk to Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy about getting paid.
“Pop That,” set to appear on French’s forthcoming debut Excuse My French, samples the former 2 Live Crew rapper’s single “I Wanna Rock.” And according to Luke, he hasn’t been compensated just yet. “When I heard the song I said, ‘Oh this is a hit,’ and the next thing I said is, ‘Where’s my check?” Luke told MTV News on the red carpet at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. “Ain’t nobody told me about my check yet. I have not gotten the check yet, so I’m looking for the check,” he said, adding that he would track down French’s boss to sort it all out. “I’m gonna talk to Diddy in the back about it.” (MTV)
Back in July, Montana put out a music video to complement the summer hit.
When Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and French Montana throw a pool party for a music video, two things are definitely going to be involved. There’s bound to be a bevy of scantily clad women (the song is called “Pop That,” after all) and more than enough product placement. Each of them has their products to push: Rozay rides hard for Ciroc, Lil Wayne drops a horribly unsubtle reference to his clothing line, TRUKFIT, and someone is seen smoking a hookah that’s made from a bottle of Moet. (Huffington Post)
The star-studded collaboration features hip-hop heavyweights Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne.
As you may have guessed from the title, this cut finds Montana and his homies taking inspiration from Dr. Luke’s classic I Wanna Rock as they voice their admiration for the female anatomy. Backed by beatsmith Anthony Lee‘s whip-ready 808 boardwork, the headliner delivers a freaky, flossed-out opener before passing the mic to Ricky Rozay for a luxuriant guest 16. YMCMB reppers Drizzy and Wayne lace the record’s latter half with, respectively, big-money braggadocio and free-associative weirdness. (DJ Booth)
Check out French Montana’s interview: