New Zealand act The Naked And Famous have settled their sampling issue with US rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
Rising US rapper Machine Gun Kelly has released an EP titled ‘Half Naked And Almost Famous’, and the title track samples Kiwi synth-pop act The Naked And Famous’ single ‘Young Blood’.
It turns out the band, who are currently touring in the US, had no idea that they were sampled on the song, but a deal has now been reached between the acts.
Thom from The Naked And Famous posted on their site minutes ago:
“When the Machine Gun Kelly work which samples our song and recording ‘Young Blood’ first appeared online, it hadn’t been cleared by us. In fact we hadn’t even been approached about it. That was what I was referring to in my initial tweet. But, yes, our representatives did then work out a deal that permitted the use.
I do apologize for any confusion I might have caused. What I should have tweeted was:
“This artist has never personally thanked or acknowledged us for the use of Young Blood. He states he wrote this song – http://bit.ly/HhmDqn”
The original tweet that referenced the issue seems to have been deleted.
Machine Gun Kelly tweeted six hours ago, “I can’t believe that weak ass group I was a fan of publically tried to make me seem like I stole their song last night.”
Then followed it up with, “I have documents of The Naked and Famous giving us permission to SAMPLE their song, hence my version: Half Naked and Almost Famous.”
And finally tweeted, “That group deleted their comments last night anyways, but them nor any other artist, wants my fans to raise hell…that’s a bad idea. LTFU”
Check out the clip below. But be warned, there’s a lot of NSFW language.