Drumma Boy Accuses R. Kelly of Plagiarizing Beat for Whitney Houston’s ‘Salute’ Track
While the music community is used to seeing artists beef, it’s not nearly as often that we see producers having issues with one another. Drumma Boy is not happy with R. Kelly, as he claims that the veteran Chicago singer plagiarized one of his beats to use for a previous Whitney Houston song from 2009.
The longtime hip-hop producer posted the song to Instagram, where he directly wrote an accusatory message to Kellz, tagging him in the caption. Drumma Boy says that the songwriter plagiarized the same beat he made for T.I.’s “You Ain’t Missin’ Nothin” off of the rapper’s Paper Trail album from 2008, and remixed it for Houston’s “Salute” record a year later.
“Salute was clearly the exact same track from @troubleman31 #Papertrail #YouAintMissingNothing just replayed and taken up a key,” Drumma Boy writes. “You still forgot the saxophone #FuckBoy • [Time] to let the fans talk since that plaque ain’t show up yet, which IS my #1st #female #platinum #plaque.”
The producer also mentions that Whitney’s I Look To You album, which featured the Kellz-produced record, sold over 3 million copies worldwide, and has earned platinum certification in seven countries.
So far, R. Kelly hasn’t responded to the accusation, but by listening to the two songs, it’s clear that there are some similarities to the beats used on both.
See Drumma Boy’s post accusing R. Kelly of plagiarism below to determine for yourself.
August 28th, 2009 I had the honor of being plagiarized by the genius himself, @rkelly . #11 Salute was clearly the exact same track from @troubleman31 #Papertrail #YouAintMissingNothing just replayed and taken up a key. You still forgot the saxophone #FuckBoy • ⌚️ to let the fans talk since that plaque ain't show up yet, which IS my #1st #female #platinum #plaque • I Look to You has gone on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide, earning platinum certification in seven countries and gold certification in eight. #DrummaBoy VS #RKelly #Salute #MadeDrummaBoyFresh ♨️ #HitsOnly #RIP #WhitneyHouston #Culture #GodKnows
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