Ever since Lil Wayne‘s long-awaited album Tha Carter V finally hit the airwaves, the masses have been outwardly loving standout song “Uproar.” (As is customary for the internet, there’s even the viral #UproarChallenge taking over social media.) However, not everyone is thrilled by the aforementioned song, which was produced by Swizz Beatz and Avenue.
Producer Ez Elpee (who is the man behind G. Dep’s “Special Delivery,” Nas’ “Oochie Wally” and Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money”) isn’t loving the song as much as others for more personal and business-related matters. According to him, he was stiffed on credit on the nostalgia-inducing single, which very evidently borrows from G. Dep’s 2001 anthem.
In an interview with HipHopDX, he essentially said that Swizz and Weezy “stole” his work. “They stole my sh*t,” he said of “Uproar.” The first time he had heard the track was when the album officially released on Sept. 28. “Seventeen years and now we’re having extra plays on the record … that was a hit record. It stood the test of time.”
Thank the lord for all the blessings this year I did music cause I loved it beats cause I loved it and after so many years I really feel the love thanks to everybody that acknowledges Ez Elpee
— EZ ELPEE (@EzElpee) October 10, 2018
While he’s not exactly mad, he does feel a bit slighted at his exclusion and lack of mention.“I went into the comments or whatever, and [Swizz Beatz] is trying to downplay it,” he says. “It’s just like if I took ‘Ruff Ryders Anthem’ and did it over and didn’t give him a credit for it… I know you need a record. I understand that. I know you’re trying to reinvent yourself. That’s dope. There’s nothing wrong with that. But like damn my ni**a, like you trying to act like you never heard ‘Special Delivery?’”
VIBE has reached out to Swizz Beatz for comment.