Boosie Badazz has kept receipts of artists who have used his music in one way or another as part of their records, and he’s looking to cash in soon.
The Baton Rouge native was hanging on Instagram Live over the weekend when a fan brought up Rod Wave’s “Long Journey,” which interpolates the hook from Boosie and Webbie’s 2010 track of the same name.
Boosie claimed he’s going to be taking legal action in some form against artists who have sampled or interpolated his work without his permission, and he implied that Rod’s name may be on that list.
“Rod Wave ain’t the only one. Y’all better do y’all research. I done got paperwork on the way. Lot of people, it ain’t just Rod Wave,” he said.
Boosie said that he “ain’t mad” that the lyrical borrowings were happening.
“I love when they do that shit. They be giving my flowers,” he said. “I be liking that shit when I hear it. It’s just, you gotta compensate me too. It’s a business.”
He went on to say that he expected to get a writing credit and a share of the publishing on songs that use his words — something that is a recommended practice among many of the pros.
“[T]here’s gotta be respect when someone re-says a line — maybe it’s three or four words — that came from a specific song, because that affected them,” sample-clearance professional Deborah Mannis-Gardner told Okayplayer.
“There’s a reason they used it. My response usually is, well, if you chose those words for a reason and you know what song it came from, then why shouldn’t it be copyrightable? … It’s an homage to that song, so you should pay for it and respect it and clear it.”
Watch Boosie’s clip below.
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Boosie Badazz has had plenty of legal trouble in the past when it comes to the music business. He railed against Empire Records earlier this year over issues with his former artist Yung Bleu.
Yung Bleu opened up about his label situation with Boosie during an interview with HipHopDX in 2020, revealing he gave Boosie a percentage of the profits from the albums that he owed Bad Azz Music Syndicate even after Boosie allowed him to leave the label.
“I came to Boosie and told him I still wanted to rock with the brand but not signed to Columbia no more,” he explained.
“I just wanted to rock independently, without a major label and Boosie was cool with it. He just wanted me to give him his profit and participation on the albums that I had left with him and I did.
“I was going to do that either way, whether we had a contract or not, because I had albums still left with him and he ain’t have to let me go. He ain’t have to let me go free and go sign a deal, you feel me? But he did. I respect the man and we got a different type of relationship. I’m still Bad Azz, though. I’m Bad Azz for life.”