Producer claims Banks used his track without permission
Azealia Banks pulled her new single ‘Esta Noche’ on the day of release this week (September 25) after its producer blasted her on Twitter, claiming she didn’t have permission to use the track.
The track, which Banks raps over and originally featured on her free ‘Fantasea’ mixtape, was by Rotterdam-based producer Munchi – who has also worked with MIA. It was due to be released as a single yesterday.
However, this was scuppered after Munchi took to Twitter to claim the track had been prepped for release without his permission – and also claimed he was offered $25,000 and then $50,000 and a public apology in exchange for his cooperation, which he appears to have rejected in no uncertain terms in a string of tweets:
“No releasing my track, being a spoiled brat, releasing coverwork, release dates before even reaching out is a good look right?” he wrote. “Tell your camp the deal is off I don’t want your fucking $25.000. Fuck off. Go be a puppet bitch to someone else.”
Banks – also never one to mince her words retaliated with: “K so Esta Noche won’t be being released today because @originalmunchi thinks I’m in the illuminati… I’m being very serious right now. I’m cracking up right now… This is a first.” She added: “I’m still shooting the esta noche video tomorrow . *kanye shrug*”
Munchi later made his case in full on his Facebook page, claiming that he was “disrespected” and that her label “thought it was ok to just give me a sum of money for my integrity.” He added: “Each time they told me something and put out something that was not discussed. In the end trying to blame me for something she put up in error by stating that this release could not be out today since I think she is in the Illuminati (thirsty for fame and success by portraying occult references in every step you take is not something I want to affiliate with. Even less because it is a hype nowadays, it’s fucking music yo)”.
Azealia Banks will begin her sold out UK tour at Manchester Club Academy tomorrow night (September 28).
On October 13, Banks hosts her Mermaid Ball at the London Aquarium, which will see performances from Banks and surprise special guests. There will be a mermaid fancy dress theme at the event, with a prize given for best costume.
Her debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ is slated for release in February next year.