Scarface’s new group, Green City, Denies Stealing “Party Like A Rock Star” from Atlanta’s Shop Boyz
Earlier this year, Houston legend and Geto Boys member, Scarface, added a new edition to his Underground Railroad record label by signing Green City, a seven man collective from Killen, TX. But there is controversy surrounding their new single with Mannie Fresh, “Like A Porn Star (Party Like A Rock Star).” The song shares the same title and concept of “Party Like A Rock Star,” the new hit by the Atlanta trio, Shop Boyz, who have the No. 1 ringtone in the country with their version.
But according to Green City member Spark Dawg, the similarities are coincidental. “What people have to understand is, whether they had the song idea longer than us or not, we didn’t know about it.” Spark Dawg tells XXLMag.com. “We’re down in Texas and a lot of that underground shit that goes on in Atlanta doesn’t get to us until maybe half-a-year later. Originally, when our producer, Da Champ, made that track, the hook was a sample from a Lil’ Jon record. So we definitely didn’t get the hook from the Shop Boyz, it was from Lil’ Jon. Then Mannie Fresh volunteered to re-record his own hook over the sample.”
“We did the song the first week of February and then a couple of weeks later, I start hearing about this other track called “Party Like A Rock Star” that’s getting hot in Atlanta,” Spark Dawg continued to tell XXLMag.com. “But what were we gonna do? We’re not going to change our music just because great minds think alike. But in no way, shape or form did we hear that song before we recorded ours.”
Reporting by Ryan Proctor