Boosie Badazz Calls Out YG for Interpolating His Lyrics for “Who Do You Love?”

The rapper has already called out Rod Wave for sampling his music without properly compensating him.

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Boosie Badazz has called out YG for using his lyrics without his permission. 

On Tuesday, the Badazz Music Syndicate boss took to his Instagram Live and promised he would be calling out rappers who used his music without getting proper clearance, and YG was one of the names he mentioned.  

"I gotta holla at YG," Boosie said during the livestream video. "I fuck with YG. I gotta holla at YG. It's a couple muthafuckas."

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Boosie returned and shared YG's 2014 hit single "Who Do You Love?" featuring Drake. Boosie pointed out YG's chorus was the same as the chorus on his 2009 song also titled "Who Do You Love."

In a verified Genius annotation YG wrote in 2014, he admitted, "I got the idea of this song from a Lil Boosie record."

"Check ya DM @yg MY G SO WE CAN TAKE CARE THIS," Boosie captioned the post below, which plays both tracks. 

This is not the first time YG's "Who Do You Love?" has had a dispute over credits. In 2014, Drake had to cough up $100,000 to Rappin' 4-Tay for interpolating lyrics from his 1994 song "Playaz Club." The first four lines of Drake's verse mimic Rappin' 4-Tay's lyrics.

Meanwhile, Boosie has been on a mission to seek legal action against artists using his music without getting it cleared. Last Saturday, Rod Wave took one of the first strays when Boosie mentioned him as one of the artists who interpolated his music and gave him 0 compensation.

In a video, Wave responded to Boosie's claims, saying, "Man, you ain't gotta sue no n***a like me, man. I'm a pull up and make sure you straight."

Social media had a field day with Rod Wave once Boosie called him out for using his lyrics. A video surfaced online that listed some of the times Wave borrowed verses from other rappers such as Jay-Z, 2Pac, Drake, Sam Smith, and more. 

Fans compile list of songs they believe Rod Wave stole

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While Rod was called out for using Jay-Z's lyrics, Jay had to deal with that criticism himself. In 2006, while fueding with Jay, Cam'ron listed all the songs in which Jay used someone else's lyrics, such as Snoop Dogg and the Notorious B.I.G. While rappers often pay homage to other rappers by quoting their lyrics, they don't always give credit in liner notes, expecting fans to catch the intertexual references. Jay had previously responded to criticism about quoting Biggie on his 2003 song "What More Can I Say," rapping, "I'm not a biter, I'm a writer/For myself and others/I say a B.I.G. verse I'm only biggin' up my brother."

This is another example of why the conversation about sampling and interpolating in hip-hop is actually the same old song.

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