While Desiigner‘s “Panda” helped him explode onto the scene and eventually lead to signing with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, there seems to be more to the story behind the hit song. In a new interview, the producer for the song Menace revealed that Future and Mike Dean have both put separate claims on the song.
Menace explained in an interview with DJBooth that there might be legal trouble between the Brooklyn rapper and Future. The producer claimed that Future filed a copyright infringement claim against “Panda.”
“There was a situation with Future putting [an infringement] claim in because apparently, he said that ‘Panda’ sounded like ‘Fuck Up Some Commas,'” the producer told DJBooth. Menace said that the claim has stalled any compensation he should be seeing from the song that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Later in the interview, Menace claimed producer Mike Dean “put a claim in as well, saying that he did something to the beat and he never did.”
XXL later reported that Future’s rep informed them the reports are not true, but Menace apparently believes otherwise.
Meanwhile, Mike Dean sent XXL the following statement:
The kid lost the stems to the beat. It had some samples in the original from a film. I recreated some of the stems enough to patch up the beat and remove the samples. I was gonna recreate the whole beat then I found a way to keep it. Major labels don’t play with samples not being cleared The song would never have come out or cleared legal at Def Jam. If that’s nothing, then he’s right.
He should have better file management skills if he works at an electronics repair shop.
He should get facts straight before he speaks on my name. I let the claim go because I have better shit to do than fight with people over BS. Hope he enjoys the bread and appreciates what I did to help him make $$. That’s about it. Menace, put some respek on my name.
And thank god Mike Dean removed your samples, youngin. Should throw me a few points from his pocket my way, but I am doing ok with or without the “Panda” bread.
P.S. He should also thank Plain Pat (the best A&R in the world and my favorite co-producer) who made us (G.O.O.D. Music) all aware of “Panda” in the first place