will.i.am has paid DJ Lag after plagiarising the gqom pioneer’s track Ice Drop.
In November, Megan Ryte released the single Culture which features will.i.am and A$AP Ferg. Upon the release of its accompanying video, users on Twitter were quick to point out the single’s similarities to DJ Lag’s 2016 track Ice Drop. will.i.am later followed up with a video apology to DJ Lag and Megan Ryte, taking responsibility for the single.
Now, DJ Lag has revealed that the issue has been resolved with an undisclosed settlement. The producer told Sowetan Live, “My team at Black Major and their management team got in touch very quickly to discuss solutions. Communication was fast and I think this has something to do with all the pressure on social media.”
“[When] Culture was released social media went crazy with thousands of says to the point that the track and video were taken down and all says were cleared out.”
“I have never seen anything like it in my life and I am so grateful to every single person who messaged and shared at the time. You were all behind me full force.”
“The settlement reflects my contribution as a composer of the music of Culture. I can’t share details but I can confirm that I am very happy with the settlement. It is all agreed and settled.”
“Hopefully this case sent a strong message to the world that people stand for what is right and social media is powerful enough in situations where right and wrong are very clear.” He added, “Let’s just say we are OK and there is more work we can do together in the future.”
DJ Lag recently released the EP Uhuru. Listen to his crackaud.io mix below.