Mike Dean has responded to claims by "Panda" producer, Menace, that he has yet to see his full compensation for the beat.
In a recent interview with DJBooth, Menace explains, “Mike Dean, Kanye West’s producer, he put a claim in as well saying that he did something to the beat and he never did. I don’t think we’ll see a check until probably next year. Right now, it’s just going through negotiations. The problem is that once someone puts a claim in, it just stops everything.”
“I doubt Kanye’s paid anyone, to be honest. Kanye’s a funny one when it comes to paying people money,” he adds.
The young producer has seen some undeniable success come from the meteoric rise of "Panda." He's now signed to Stellar Songs and has the ability to focus on music full-time. He's even been in the studio with Schoolboy Q as well as had his beats heard by OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib.
“There was a situation with Future putting [an infringement] claim in because apparently, he said that ‘Panda’ sounded like "Fuck Up Some Commas." So we were just about to see the checks but there’s been a lot of delays."
In response to Menace's claims, Mike Dean got in touch with DJBooth and explained:
"The kid lost the stems to the beat. It had some samples in the original from a film. I recreated some of the stems enough to patch up the beat and remove the samples. I was gonna recreate the whole beat then I found a way to keep it. Major labels don’t play with samples not being cleared The song would never have come out or cleared legal at Def Jam. If that’s nothing, then he’s right. He should have better file management skills if he works at an electronics repair shop. He should get facts straight before he speaks on my name. I let the claim go because I have better shit to do than fight with people over BS. Hope he enjoys the bread and appreciates what I did to help him make $$. That’s about it. Menace, put some respek on my name. And thank god Mike Dean removed your samples, youngin. Should throw me a few points from his pocket my way, but I am doing okay with or without the “Panda” bread."
Future's team also got in touch with XXL and said that the "infringement claim" was not true.