So, yesterday, former Triple MG singer Emma Nyra was accused by a music producer Samson Ohda known as OD Beats of stealing his beat for her latest single 'Work hard'; the lead song off her debut EP “Love vs Money Vol. 1.”
OD Beats claimed to have originally created the beat to the song but was subsequently denied payment and credit.
He released a statement along with a clip of the said studio session with the singer,
‘On June 29th Emma Nyra was in the studio with Samson Ohda aka OD Beats when he creatively produced and composed the reggae/afropop influenced beat for ‘Work Hard’ off her released EP. After OD beats had been contracted (Verbally/Text Messages) to produce her EP, shortly after started having difficulty with payment from her camp. Subsequently after trying to make a deposit for OD to send over some tracks, they started making up excuses which led to her stealing the intellectual property in a sordid attempt to recreate an idea she did not pay for and sell it off as having produced by another Houston based producer Giggz in a show of spite."
‘My reason for highlighting and sharing this story is to touch on the manner producers are often taking advantage of when they try to work with an estab artist to a mutual end. I hear these stories countlessly and it’s devastating to the psyche when someone puts his heart and soul into something and someone else feels entitled enough to steal your efforts with impunity. In an industry that’s already lacking compensatory structure, I can only imagine how producers in Nigeria and other countries are being taken advantage of; which is not to say all artists are that way.’
However, Emma Nyra's team are maintaining that she wrote and composed the song, and took it to OD Beats for production. He was paid for his services, but produced it half-way, and failed to finish the project after collecting money in full.
“Emma paid him in full for his time and the song, but he failed to finish it, so she had to go pay extra money to another producer to complete the job. His main problem right now is that she went to another producer, when he couldn’t deliver.” the source said.
Reacting further, embittered Emma Nyra plans to commence legal actions against the producer, as she took to Instagram to pen down her own side of the story.