Controversy is surrounding the release of J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only, but it doesn’t involve Jermaine. Instead, producers are feuding over the beat for “Deja Vu,” which resembles the instrumental for Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul hit “Exchange.”
Vinylz and Boi-1da produced Cole’s track and they are now accusing Foreign Teck of stealing their idea for Tiller’s cut, which he produced along with Remedy as The Mekanics.
“Me and @Boi1da made that exchange beat first,” tweeted Vinylz. “It was stolen from us by a thief named @ForeignTeck . Cole song was recorded before exchange…I sent this thief a video of me making the Deja Vu beat..a week later he post a beat on ig with the same drums. I made him take it down…He said ‘I’m sorry bro.. I was inspired . I look up to you’ few months later he decides to remake the whole beat and give it to Bryson…He even offered me publishing on the song.. why would u offer publishing if you didn’t steal it?”
Vinylz also made it clear that his beef has nothing to do with Pen Affleck. “Me and 1da make hits in our sleep,” he added. “We just had to address this…S/o to my brother Bryson . He has nothing to do with this. This is all directed at the producer.”
Foreign responded by proclaiming his innocence. “it’s easy to pick the bigger producer and run with it,” he tweeted. “but facts are if he had an argument i would’ve BEEEEEN fucked. clearly.”
According to Boi-1da, however, the thievery runs deep. He claims Foreign also “ripped” his drum pattern for Meek Mill’s “U Know.”
Both “Exchange” and “Deja Vu” utilize a sample of K.P. & Envyi’s “Swing My Way,” but Vinylz, Boi, and Foreign aren’t the only ones claiming ownership of the sample idea. Another producer named Gmoney released a YouTube video in June, claiming his beat from 2013 was stolen for “Exchange.” In the extensive clip, G explains how “Exchange” could be derived from his beat for a song titled “Shawty So Cold.”
Both Bryson and Cole have remained mum on the situation. Listen to both tracks below.