When I heard Blahzay Blahzay was suing Wyclef and Sony Records over the usage of his East Coast classic, “Danger,” on Clef’s “Welcome To The East” ft. Sizzla and Uncle Murder, I really didn’t give it much thought. These things happen.
But now it seems like Blahz is going on some anti-Wyclef campaign, saying how he was robbed for his intellectual property because Clef took some elements of his track, and reinterpreted them. If you read the interview, it sounds like Blahz was actually going to be on the song, but then wasn’t.
My thing is this, did Wyclef ever really commit, or was Blahz just kind running with a situation? Not that anyone has actually gone and purchased Wyclef’s album or anything, but being on the album would have been a good look for Blahz. Perhaps the two of these fellas just weren’t on the same page from jump. This is the music business, after all.
But I don’t see the point of creating an issue with another rapper or producer because some paperwork wasn’t done or hasn’t been handled yet. I know this is the era of artists and producers as businessmen, but if Sony isn’t responding to you, then the issue is with them, specifically. The artist, Wyclef, is the performer. Sample clearance is most likely the last thing on his mind. By the time he’s looking at album credits, he’s probably thinking that the whole situation was taken care of, and there wasn’t a stipulation in your clearance agreement, which he thinks is already handled, that said the credits needed to include a sample listing. I’m just speculating though. I don’t think he’d deliberately try to re-write history. That dude ain’t stupid. He knows everyone in the world knows Blahzay Blahzay is the original creator of that record. That joint is almost a tribute to you.
You’re right though, you need your money. You should cease and desist the fuck out of Sony. They should be pulling the record from the shelves. The downside to the whole situation is that they can hold you up in litigation for a while. Which sucks.
Just saying, I think it’s best to keep it between lawyers. Nobody knows what the fuck is going on these days at record labels, getting a straight answer from someone is unheard of. The people you were probably talking with got fired or something. It’s like musical chairs. Even a lot of producers get fucked out of the second end of advances on songs they place, or they gotta collect after the albums are out. It’s rough.
Keep your fingers crossed, Blahz.