Davido has been accused of ‘stealing’ the production for his record, ‘Pere’ featuring Young Thug and Rae Sremmund.
The Sony Music singer has been called out by another producer named HOD, of jacking his production without credit and using it without compensation.
‘Pere’ was released under Sony Music Entertainment International Limited. Its production is credited to DJ Mustard, a popular American record producer, songwriter and DJ from Los Angeles. But HOD claims the production is his. According to him, he made the beat for singer Dammy Krane, a Davido Music Worldwide affiliate, who he claims recorded the song ‘Pere’ in 2015.
“Only for me to press play on Davido’s new song last night and I hear the same fucking song Dammy Krane recorded with me in 2015! Why??” HOD wrote in a series of tweets, which he has since deleted. “How long will upcoming producers be stepped upon? So because I am not known, you gave the song to Davido and my beat to DJ Mustard?
“I have well documented proof by the way. Shame on Sony for not being professional about this too. I’m sure they felt this was just another unknown African producer,” HOD wrote.
Dammy Krane, who was announced as part of Davido’s record label in 2016, was credited by Davido for co-writing the hook ‘Pere’. “Shoutout @dammy_krane !! Co wrote the hook on ‘PERE’ with me !!” Davido tweeted on July 28, 2017
Pulse reached out to HOD’s management, who declined to comment, saying that a legal process is already underway, with communications already established between both camps.
“My lawyers are still working on the case,” HOD tells Pulse.
Pulse has also reached out to Davido’s camp, but there is no official response yet.
A source close to Davido who spoke to Pulse but under anonymity, said ‘Pere’ beat was created by DJ Mustard, who used his earlier production from ‘2 On’, a 2014 hit record by Tinashe, featuring Schoolboy Q. The song spent 24 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 24. Both ‘Pere’ and ‘2 On’ appear to share the same beat bounce.
“DJ Mustard produced that beat from ‘2 On’, a song that was released in 2014,” our source said.
The video for ‘Pere’ was released in July 2017, and currently has over 2.9 million views on Youtube.