Music producer Flying Lotus has criticised the way some rappers treat the people who make their beats.
FlyLo, who received a Grammy nomination for his Kendrick Lamar collaboration ‘Never Catch Me’, shared his frustrations in a series of tweets last night (June 15).
“To producers,” he wrote. “When a rapper invites u to the studio and asks u to make beats on the spot. Tell them to pay your fee on the spot, cuz fuck that.”
“Lots of rappers genuinely think they doing us favors by fuckin w us,” he continued.
Flying Lotus, who has collaborated in the past with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, also appeared to suggest that some rappers will bill a track as a “collaboration” with a producer in order to get their beats for free. “True but at the same time a lot of people use that word “collab” to get free shit tho,” FlyLo wrote.
According to Pitchfork, Flying Lotus went further in other tweets that he has since deleted, writing: “Hella rap artists are rape artists. Taking advantage of abilities thinking its a good look for us! Most my people behind the scenes is broke.”
“Don’t b a PC pussy. We get fuked w no vaseline,” he reportedly added in another deleted tweet.