Janelle Monáe on Iggy Azalea ‘sample’ claims: ‘She steals from us, we steal back’

'Classic Man' by Monáe affiliate Jidenna is alleged to sample Azalea's 'Fancy'

Janelle Monae and the first signing of her Wonderland Records imprint, Jidenna, have discussed claims by Iggy Azalea that Jidenna’s song ‘Classic Man’ samples her hit ‘Fancy’.

Azalea had previously addressed claims of similarity between the two tracks on Twitter, stating that she receives royalties from ‘Classic Man’ and that it “sampled” her song.

However, speaking to Hot 97, Jidenna has claimed that the writing credit was only a cautionary move following the recent Robin Thicke / Marvin Gaye lawsuit.

“Ever since the decision of Robin Thicke and Pharrell, we believe that it was important to make sure that we are safe,” Jidenna said.

“When that Robin Thicke verdict came out, we realized the game had changed in music. I’m glad we were safe.”

Referring to allegations of cultural appropriation previously directed at Azalea, Monáe remarked: “Hey, she steals from us, we steal back.”

Watch the full interview before, plus compare both ‘Classic Man’ and ‘Fancy’.