Desiigner’s “Panda” is a Future ripoff, and everyone knows it. Presumably, Future knows it too, and in a new interview with DJBooth, Menace, the producer behind the smash hit, claims that Future actually filed a copyright infringement claim over it. “There was a situation with Future putting [an infringement] claim in because apparently, he said that ‘Panda’ sounded like ‘Fuck Up Some Commas,'” he says. “Not only [Future], Mike Dean, Kanye West’s producer, he put a claim in as well saying that he did something to the beat and he never did.” According to Menace, the legal disputes mean that he has yet to receive full compensation for his work on “Panda,” which was famously sampled in The Life Of Pablo’s “Pt. 2.” “I doubt Kanye’s paid anyone, to be honest,” he adds. “Kanye’s a funny one when it comes to paying people money.”
UPDATE: Future and Mike Dean have both denied putting a claim on “Panda,” according to XXL. Dean provided this 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.