Mantse disputes Obrafour ‘s claim over sound Drake Sampled

Following Obrafour’s suit against Canadian singer, Drake for $10m over his alleged copyright infringement of the “Killer Cut” sound,Mantse Aryeequaye, a popular Ghanaian filmmaker has called out hiplife artiste,Obrafour over the ownership of the “Killer Cut” sound in the latter’s song.

Mr. Aryeequaye claims he owns the intellectual property right of the sampled sound in Drake’s ‘Calling My Name song,’ which was released on June 17, 2022. Mantse Aryeequaye has disputed hiplife legend Obrafour’s claim that he is the copyright owner of the “Killer Cut” sound in the rapper’s song ‘Oye Ohene.’

On his official Twitter page, @Accradotatl, Mr. Aryeequaye said the copyright infringement dispute between Obrafour and Drake, which is playing out in a US court should rather be between him and Drake since he owns the right to the sample.

The famous ‘Killer Cut’ sound was first featured in Obrafour’s 2003 song ‘Oye Ohene.’

The development prompted Obrafour to file a $10 million lawsuit against Drake, claiming that the Canadian rapper had infringed on his copyright.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2023, Manste took to Twitter to assert his right to the sampled song, describing it as his intellectual property. “Hello @Drake, the intellectual property more specifically the ‘KILLER CUT’ sound which was sampled in your song “Calling My Name” belongs to me Mantse Aryeequaye and not to @IamObrafuo,” he wrote.

The filmmaker, who tagged Drake in his tweets, noted that although Obrafour was an interested party in the lawsuit, he did not own the right to the sampled sound and could not independently demand compensation for its use.

Mantse went on to warn Obrafour to tell the truth about the matter otherwise, he would expose the Ghanaian hiplife legend. He added that Obrafour had refused to respond to him since he reached out to him following Drake’s release of the song.

He further urged Obrafour to contact his lawyer and make arrangements to engage with him, (Mantse) as the rightful owner of the “killer cut” sound.


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