Skales is currently embroiled in a legal copyright battle with the estate of Fela Anikulakpo Kuti due to the remix of ‘Temper’ featuring Burna Boy.
This is because according to sources, the singer and the estate of Fela Kuti have alerted YouTube for the video of the remix which features Burna Boy and produced by KrizBeatz.
They sampled Fela’s “Sorrow, Tears & Blood” where Fela sang:
“Hey, yeah/Everybody run, run, run/Everybody scatter scatter/Some people lost some bread“,
Burna and Skales replaced it with:
“Hey, yeah/Everybody run, run, run/Everybody scatter scatter/Hey, yeah dance don catch fire/Hey, yeah boys don start to maya.”
In music, this is called an interpolation, when one singer takes the lines of another singer and changes it for his or her own purpose but without changing the melody.
This means that Skales and his management team didn’t clear the sample with the owners of Fela’s catalogue.
On Youtube the message read;
“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Anikulapo Kuti.”
They might have sorted things out though because now the video is back up:
Written by Clement Oluwasegun