Boi-1da & Vinylz accuse The Mekanics producer Foreign Teck of stealing their beat.
An unbelievable story of theft and deception is emerging in the aftermath of the release of J. Cole's new album 4 Your Eyez Only. Listeners may have experienced deja vu upon hearing "Deja Vu," which uses a nearly identical beat to Bryson Tiller's hit "Exchange." Boi-1da & Vinylz produced "Deja Vu" and they gave an explanation early Friday morning: Foreign Teck, one half of production duo The Mekanics, straight-up stole the beat from them and gave it to Bryson Tiller.
Me and @Boi1da made that exchange beat first.," Vinylz wrote on Twitter. "It was stolen from us by a thief named @ForeignTeck Cole song was recorded before exchange. I sent this thief a video of me making the Deja Vu beat..a week later he post a beat on ig with the same drums. I made him take it down."
"Exchange" peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Vinylz alleges that Foreign Teck offered him publishing, a tacit admission that he had reverse engineered the beat. Teck attempted to justify his actions and assuage Boi-1da and Vinylz last night by saying that they have more money and get more placements than him.
"S/o to my brother Bryson," Vinylz wrote. "He has nothing to do with this. This is all directed at the producer."
See Boi-1da and Vinylz's tweets and listen to "Deja Vu" and "Exchange" below.