Munchi Speaks On Azealia Banks and the “Esta Noche” Situation


Damn yo, I have nothing to hide and I do not have a team of people backing me to calculate the best way to portray my words.
I just have my mind, my words and the facts.

I feel extremely bad for Montell Jordan, Claudja Berry and all of the people at Interscope and Polydor who were very helpful in trying to make a solution to this shit,
but if you get disrespected 11 times over a course of a couple of months -more than half being in 1 day- things will get extremely difficult.
Especially when the artist in question starts a Twitter beef by saying that it’s my fault that the release is not going through,
while she is the one who put out a cover and a statement that it was going to be released the next day. This when nothing was confirmed yet.

Matter of fact – everything was done backwards, instead of having the decency to contact me about it first, they did everything they had to do and contacted me last.
Expecting that I would go for the money right away – the way of the industry. Even when all of the things were said on Twitter by Azealia,
the label was doing everything to solve the situation – it was too late to solve though.

I have been extremely patient and willing to solve this problem over time, but there is a limit.
If she wants to be a spoiled brat about it, don’t be surprised if I will get difficult towards her as well.

In regards to the sample of Claudja and Montell:

It’s very simple, I made a remix of one of my favorite tracks in the world and put it out in 2010.
I did not want to release it, because I did not want to disrespect the artists – it was just my interpetation of this track made for the club.
It was supported by a lot of big names back then including Skrillex and a staple in the Moombahton genre.

Now the issue comes that I noticed Azealia using the track in her Fantasea mixtape in which the beats were being seleced by Diplo and her.
Nobody told me anything prior to the release. My intention was never to make this an actual release and I did not like what she did to it.
The only thing I would’ve asked for is proper credits and a say in the creative process – something taboo, but I have to have it clear
what I want to affiliate my name with and with what not.

I also saw claims that it was the same beat as the original sample.
I can make it very simple – why does she have to use my version?

She can make the track on the original of Clauja Berry/Montell Jordan.
There is no need to hop on the Moombahton hype so bad? Is it because she wants hipster credibility? I do not know.

Her and her camp were the ones who wanted the track, for me it was absolutely not necessary.
This is not to way to handle such a request. I don’t need their money, fame or success for the price of my integrity.

It is common in this music business to get fucked over and a lot of people are afraid to talk out.
It is uncommon to speak out and say the reality of situation.

Azealia’s fans I do not and cannot blame – they have been misinformed and it is useless to blame them for something the person they
idolize has been doing time after time. Stealing tracks and causing unnecessary drama. T.I., Jim Jones, Iggy and Nicky Minaj were before me.
Shit man, all this bullshit could’ve been avoided. Seems to me that there is definitely something going wrong over there.

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  • Fantini

    So just to be clear, it’s OK for him to use Claudja Barry/Montell Jordan’s music with their consent, approval and creative involvement, but it’s not OK for Azealia Banks to rap over his remix and put it out on a mixtape? It’s then offensive for her label to offer him a music video, a credit, cash payment and international release & exposure to put the song out officially?

  • Fantini

    *without their consent

  • Fantini

    Also, she’s desperate to hop on the Moombahton hype, but he’s not? Alternatively, she’s desperate to use others’ work to make her own, but he’s inventive and creative? Isn’t he the desperate one hopping on Claudja Barry/Montell’s classic to try to go viral/resonate? Pfft. Finally, his shitty moniker is all over the artwork, so, what other credit did he want? For real this dude sounds unbalanced as hell.

  • Daniel

    Fantini, this man was responsible for most of the moombahton hype, he didn’t hop on it. Check out his tracks and you’ll find some of the most innovative stuff out there today, using his influences from reggaeton to breakcore to create something that wasn’t there before. And there’s definitely a difference in making your own edit for dj sets and an official release without his consent.

  • khal

    Well the question isn’t “was it OK for her to use it on the mixtape” – the question only arose when she wanted to use it as a single without his consent. The Montell Jordan sample is pretty blatant, and I believe they’d have to sort out publishing and such for that instance as well.

  • Fantini

    Daniel, I get that he is important in terms of Moombahton, but it seems silly for him to harbour some notion that it’s OK for him to do it, but not for other artists. Considering the artwork credits him as featured and her team were obviously in contact with him negotiating his compensation (as he himself said, the label people were trying to make it happen, negotiating with himself plus Claudja & Montell’s publishing etc), so it’s not like they were secretly going to release it and cut him out. The official release was entirely in his benefit – money, exposure, free music video, etc.

  • khal

    i think you might be confused. munchi wasn’t aware of this being released as a single until after the artwork and announcement were mentioned, not before. the negotiations regarding publishing and contract didn’t happen until after word got out about this being released via itunes as a commercial single.

  • Fantini

    Would Interscope really be dumb enough to put a song up for an official release on iTunes without having taken care of the legalities? I really don’t think so. Maybe they were clearing the samples he used first, before getting to him, something like that.

  • Clams

    Damn Fantini, dickriding Azealia much?

  • khal

    Would they be dumb enough? Probably not. I don’t think this happens a lot – but it looks like it’s happening right now. I’d assume most of these negotiations happen well BEFORE a release date is set, right?

  • shayan

    @ fantini
    munchi was one of the ppl that made moombahton what it is today. he respected montel jordan by not making it an official relaese and just played it in the clubs. azealia on the other hand, took MUNCHIS remix,which is completely different than montel jordans original, and made her own track out of it then proceeded to release it without telling munchi. his name wasn’t even mentioned. and yes azealia banks is trying to hop on the moombahton wave, only good song she had was 212, which was originally a house track by lazy jay that she used. seems to me shes made it a habit to use other ppls tracks.

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