Future Denies Suing Desiigner for Copyright Infringement Over ‘Panda’

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Oh, boy, the broads are not going to like this. According to the producer of Desiigner’s 2016 single “Panda,” Atlanta rapper Future thinks the smash viral hit sounds a little too similar to his work, specifically his song “Fuck Up Some Commas.” So similar, in fact, Future allegedly filed a copyright infringement claim against the Brooklyn rapper. In a recent interview with the website DJBooth, producer Menace claimed the suit has so far prevented him from receiving proper payment for his work on the song, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Kanye later sampled “Panda” on The Life of Pablo’s “Pt. 2” and signed Desiigner to his GOOD Music label, a fact that Menace said makes him doubtful Desiigner would see any money from West for his use of the song. “I doubt Kanye’s paid anyone, to be honest,” he said. “Kanye’s a funny one when it comes to paying people money.”

Update, June 20: A representative for Future now tells XXL that he was not involved in any copyright lawsuit over “Panda.” Meanwhile, Mike Dean has shared a lengthy statement to XXL saying he has since dropped his suit because “I have better shit to do than fight with people over BS.” Dean also says Menace should “get facts straight before he speaks on my name.”

Producer Claims Future Sued Desiigner Over ‘Panda’ Copyright