American rapper Talib Kweli has revealed that he did not give permission for one of his verses to be used on a track on Peter Andre’s ninth album, Angels & Demons.
The tracklist for the record includes a 'feature' from Kweli on the song Fly Away, in addition to collaborations with the late Bee Gee Robin Gibb and a cameo from So Solid Crew’s Lisa Maffia.
The verse in question appears to be lifted from a track bearing the same title that appears on Attack The Block, a mixtape Kweli made with DJ/producer Z-Trip that was released in September.
Kweli reportedly attempted to contact Andre’s team to resolve the issue, but when he received a “disrespectful” response he took to Twitter air his frustration:
"@TalibKweli whoever produced Fly Away for @mrpeterandre is a douchebag. They took my verse from another song w/out permission. It's abt to be a fun week"
"@TalibKweli How somebody tell you you on an album you never recorded on? then when you hit they mgr he like "what, we gave u publishing!" lol"
"@TalibKweli I harbored no ill will towards @mrpeterandre had he simply reached out I may have even done a song. I'm not a snob. But...."
"@TalibKweli That ain't happen. I reached out to @mrpeterandre ppl to resolve this before I went public & they response was disrespectful. #sohereweare"
Andre and his team are yet to issue a public response.