What is up with well known artists stealing or “borrowing” music and songs from less known artists? Seriously, what is up with that? The rumour mill has been strong with the news that our favourite Gqom duo, Distruction Boyz stole the instrumental of their hit single, Omunye, from well-known and award winning producer, DJ LAG.
This is not the first time that an artist is accused of stealing a song but it has allegedly been forensically proven that the duo had indeed stole DJ LAG’s song titled Trip To New York. They do however deny that they stole it and cite that they bought from a Cape Town based DJ, DJ Mphyd.
According to City Press, DJ LAG’s management used the help of a music comparative analyst, Sakhile Moleshe, from Imilizo Music who wrote a 31 page report. He details in the report that “as a result of the tempo, key, signature, instrumentation and lead melodies being identical in both musical works”. He further concluded, without any doubt, that Omunye was indeed copied from Trip To New York.
The duo have since expressed that they were shocked to find out that the beat was stolen but they have not formally released a statement regarding the matter. Meanwhile, Twitter has been lit. Peep the responses below!
— Melanin MasterPiece (@AlinahSoetsang) February 11, 2018
I love Distruction Boyz but Omunye & Trip To NY – DJ Lag are the same song shem. 🤭 pic.twitter.com/mkNl95KyuC
— ZuluWithDaNgudHair (@Mzombe) February 11, 2018
Even if Distruction Boyz stole “Omunye” beat from DJ LAG, oksalayo you killed this part sons “iyayayayayayayaya
Ye ye ye ye ye ye ye ye” and we enjoyed festive season pic.twitter.com/kIFBfIYO5S
— Nomzamo Mhlongo (@Zamo_Njomz) February 12, 2018
City Press interviewed the guy who sold the Omunye beat to Distruction Boyz. They told him Dj Lag’s song came out before his and he responded “mxim” LOL 😂😂😂🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/zxvnmGFadz
— Dumi hi Phone video (@ShoMadjozi) February 11, 2018
A forensic copyright investigation has concluded that Distruction Boyz stole Omunye from DJ LAG’s Trip to New York.
Forensics dont lie. Now DJ LAG is heading to court to get justice 👊
— Kgoshi Ya Lebowa (@Marcellomj) February 11, 2018
Peep the comparison below and tell us what you think!
Sounds like Distrustin’ Boyz need to change the track name to “OweMoney”. pic.twitter.com/m6w7P0QhPl
— The Kiffness (@TheKiffness) February 12, 2018
AKA Chats Platinum Plaques & Redefining What Accolades Mean To Him
We recently caught up with the Supa Mega, AKA who celebrated a huge milestone last week. The multi talented rapper and businessman hosted an intimate gathering to receive his several plaques for the outstanding work he did on his album, Touch My Blood.
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak since 2016 with him releasing his joint project with Anatii which included several music videos. He had also been on his Supa Mega Tour and when that ended came the Touch My blood tour. This saw the rapper hard at work so it’s understandable that he is a little burnt out.
“I’m tired. Not physically tired, I’m just more emotionally tired, spiritually tired, mentally tired but it’s okay because we did what we came to do. I poured my heart and soul into the album and people really could feel that”, he expresses. And the results have paid off because the accolades and the recognition he has received since this album was released has been the most he has received since he began his career.
On how he is redefining what accolades mean to him
He shared some insights on how he has remained relevant for as long as he had. He touched on authenticity as one of the key things that artists have to uphold to stay winning.
“Just make what you need to make and put it out there. People recognize and appreciate authenticity. Just be authentic, be original and be sincere and heartfelt,” he says.
It’s been a while since AKA has submitted for any awards and he mentioned that he is considered it since he has the number one selling album in the country. But he questioned the motive to get involved in the awards when he has already won the hearts of many South Africans. The platinum plaque is proof of that.
“Isn’t the award to be the highest played artist? Isn’t the award to be the most booked artist? Isn’t the award to have people f*ck with your music?”.
These are very important questions and no doubt something that artists on the come up can question about the product they put out. Well done Supa Mega.
Peep the rest of the interview!