Sunday, September 25, 2022

Da Baby Facing Legal Action Over Stolen Song Used to Diss Megan Thee Stallion

Rapper Da Baby is going out bad. 

Last Friday Da Baby dropped a new track called 'Boogyman' where he bragged about smashing Megan Thee Stallion the day before she was shot by Tory Lanez [click here if you missed that]. 

It gets worse. 

Over the weekend writer Layla Hendtryx called out Da Baby for stealing her cadence, concept, and lyrics... 

“The whole [cadence], the whole flow for the hook is stolen from me,” Hendryx tells Rolling Stone. “One, it was done so sheisty, and two, the fact that he used the song to basically diss another black woman while you’re stealing from another black woman is just wild to me.”
A tweet by a friend of Hendryx’s comparing the two tracks had begun to circulate, first showcasing DaBaby’s spitting “You play with me, oh God – shut the lights off, boogeyman,” over thumping 808s. It then captures Hendryx delicately singing more slowly over a vocal sample: “Go downstairs, shut the lights…like, ‘Boo,’ it’s the boogeyman.”
Hendryx says that another friend of hers had shared her unreleased “Boogeyman” with an A&R earlier this year. She hadn’t heard back from the recipient, who she says she is “a hundred percent sure,” was the song’s pipeline to DaBaby.
“A&Rs steal from artists all the time, don’t give them their credit,” says Hendryx, who’s written with Drake and Baka Not Nice on the latter’s “Money in the Bank.” “It’s happened to me, but not to this scale. I’m also friends with writers and I’ve heard the stories, the horror stories — ‘Hey, I was in a room and I did a song and then I come out and I hear it in the radio six months later without being credited.’”
Now, Hendryx is in the process of pursuing legal action. Perhaps, she ruminates, if it had been another, more positive song, by another, less embattled artist, she would have been willing to make different moves. “But it’s the fact that, not only did you steal for me — straight up plagiarism — but then you’re using it to diss somebody else, another artist,” Hendryx reiterates. “It’s just not something that I want to be a part of. Even if they did just put me out with a credit, that’s not something I want to write for. I do not want to write for DaBaby. I would’ve said no to begin with. Just let me have the choice with my own art.”

@_teawithtia Oop 🫢 is someone stealing 🫣? Toronto artist #LaylaHendryx is accusing #DaBaby ♬ original sound - _TeaWithTia

First Da Baby had to cancel his New Orleans show for low ticket sales, [click here if you missed that], and now this.