Budding Ghanaian artiste, Mr Drew has rendered an apology to international music star, Rotimi, for infringing on his intellectual property.
The song which was trending 7th on YouTube reads.. “This video contains content from EMPIRE, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”
It is believed Mr. Drew of Highly Spiritual, sampled contents of two songs titled “In my bed ft. Wale” and “Love Riddim” by Nigerian-American actor, singer and model, Rotimi and due to that he’s found his hit track “Eat” pulled down and blocked on copyright grounds.
The artiste made an apology on Hitz FM’s ‘Daybreak Hitz’, after admitting to stealing Rotimi’s hit song, ‘Love Riddim’.
After I released the song, Rotimi reached out to me to say I released the song as an original and that it liable to copyright infringement. I checked YouTube and it was flagged. I apologized to him and he said ‘No worries’.
From the beginning, I indicated that the Eat song was Rotimi’s Love Riddim cover. It was initially a freestyle. All this time, I tagged Rotimi in the social media posts.
I am sorry for stealing your song. I want to apologize to you and Empire. he said.
Drew’s remake, ‘Eat’ was struck down from YouTube and streaming portals after Rotimi and his label, Empire detected copyright infringement and took action.
The action by Highly Spiritual Music recording artiste has instigated conversation on covers, remakes and ultimately, the lack of respect for intellectual properties within the Ghanaian music industry.
Olurotimi Akinosho (born November 30, 1988), known professionally as Rotimi, is a Nigerian-American actor, singer, and model. In 2019 he released a single titled “Love Riddim” which has garnered attention worldwide.