Toronto-based artist and songwriter Layla Hendryx isn’t notably a fan of oft-embroiled rapper DaBaby. She says she had solely grow to be conscious that he had simply launched a track whose refrain sounded strikingly much like parts of an unreleased observe of hers (of the identical identify) as a result of it was making headlines for an additional motive. DaBaby barrels into “Boogeyman,” on his newest album, Baby on Baby 2, claiming to have had a sexual relationship with Megan Thee Stallion earlier than she was allegedly shot by rapper Tory Lanez.

“The entire [cadence], the entire move for the hook is stolen from me,” Hendryx tells Rolling Stone. “One, it was performed so sheisty, and two, the truth that he used the track to mainly diss one other black lady when you’re stealing from one other black lady is simply wild to me.”

A tweet by a pal of Hendryx’s evaluating the 2 tracks had begun to flow into, first showcasing DaBaby’s spitting “You play with me, oh God – shut the lights off, boogeyman,” over thumping 808s. It then captures Hendryx delicately singing extra slowly over a vocal pattern: “Go downstairs, shut the lights…like, ‘Boo,’ it’s the boogeyman.” 

A consultant of DaBaby has not responded to Rolling Stone‘s request for remark.

Hendryx says that one other pal of hers had shared her unreleased “Boogeyman” with an A&R earlier this yr. She hadn’t heard again from the recipient, who she says she is “one hundred percent positive,” was the track’s pipeline to DaBaby. 

“A&Rs steal from artists on a regular basis, don’t give them their credit score,” says Hendryx, who’s written with Drake and Baka Not Nice on the latter’s “Money within the Bank.” “It’s occurred to me, however to not this scale. I’m additionally buddies with writers and I’ve heard the tales, the horror tales — ‘Hey, I used to be in a room and I did a track after which I come out and I hear it within the radio six months later with out being credited.’”

Now, Hendryx is within the course of of pursuing authorized motion. Perhaps, she ruminates, if it had been one other, extra optimistic track, by one other, much less embattled artist, she would have been prepared to make completely different strikes. “But it’s the truth that, not solely did you steal for me — straight up plagiarism — however you then’re utilizing it to diss someone else, one other artist,” Hendryx reiterates. “It’s simply not one thing that I wish to be a component of. Even in the event that they did simply put me out with a credit score, that’s not one thing I wish to write for. I don’t wish to write for DaBaby. I might’ve mentioned no to start with. Just let me have the selection with my very own artwork.”

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