J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only released on Thursday night and, while most people seemed to enjoy simply listening to the project, one song created a war of words between a trio of producers as they argued over who really created the beat in the first place.
The dispute began when Twitter users began to question why Cole’s “Deja Vu” appeared to use the same beat as Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange.” The latter song was released as a single in March 2016 after originally appearing on the Kentucky native’s breakout project from 2015, Trapsoul. So, why would Cole rehash the beat from such a familiar song, one that charted on Billboard’s Top 40? According to Boi-1da and Vinylz, the producers behind “Deja Vu,” the beat for “Exchange” was lifted from them by Foreign Teck of The Mekanics, the production duo credited for working on Tiller’s tune.
“Maybe [Foreign Teck] can explain why to y’all why [Bryson Tiller’s] ‘Exchange’ and ‘Deja Vu’ sound similar… right [Vinylz]?” Boi-1da posted on Twitter.
We should appreciate him naming names because that caused Foreign Teck to respond with a string of replies. He questioned why Boi-1da would insert himself into a spat that only concerns Teck and Vinylz.
To which Boi-1da responded that Teck was a “thief” who was “really out here reverse engineering beats. It ain’t about money and placements, it’s the principle.”