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AKA Is Getting Sued For The Song He Sampled On ‘One Time’

Sample clearance is always messy.

South African rapper and pop star AKA sampled the song "Party Weekend" by 80s group Future for his 2016 single "One Time." He is now in legal trouble as Enos Thembinkosi Lubisi, one of the two surviving members of Future is suing Universal Music South Africa, the label AKA released the song under, The Sowetan reports.

Lubisi also alleges that Sony Music South Africa claims the artist signed all the rights to the song to the label. The artist filed court papers at the South Gauteng Court on Wednesday stating that he wants to be declared the sole holder of the rights of both "Party Weekend" and "One Time."

Lubisi first heard the song in 2016, and said all he wanted was to be credited for his work. He was quoted by Daily Sun in November of 2016 as saying, "I was upset because someone was using the song I composed without my permission."

AKA was quoted by the same paper as saying: "It is not that I didn't want to credit the band. I just couldn't get in contact with them. I have repeatedly said I'm willing to apologize and give credit where it's due."

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Ryan Hill of Universal Music said the label was under the impression Lubisi agreed to give the artist 60% of the composer rights to the track.

The court papers, according to Universal Music, have been signed by Universal and AKA and sent to Sony Music. Sony's legal team, however, said they didn't receive any court papers.

While it's really great for AKA and other young South African musicians to sample and honor South African legends, it's really important that the samples are cleared so the legends can also benefit.

Lubisi told Daily Sun that he loved what AKA did on "One Time."

"I like the way he sings," he said. "His song reminds me of the music made in the '80s. I am pretty impressed with him. But next time he must give credit where it is due."

We couldn't agree more.

Read: 'Touch My Blood' Is AKA's Most Layered Album

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Ras Nebyu Is Washington, D.C.'s 'Uptown Lion Walkin'

We talk to the Ethiopian-American rapper about his new album, his Washington Slizzards crew, and the impact of gentrification on D.C.'s music scene.

Ras Nebyu is caught up in the crowd at Howard University's homecoming tailgate, where he can barely walk a block without shaking hands with another person who he knows. Although he didn't attend Howard University, the campus and the surrounding neighborhood forms as much of a part of his narrative as any student.

The Ethiopian-American rapper hails from uptown Washington, D.C., a neighborhood he uses to inform his latest album, Uptown Lion Walkin, a project that pays homage to his ancestral upbringing, as well as his thoughts on making money, love, happiness, and the government.

There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty, Afro B & Mayorkun Join DJ Neptune On 'Tear Rubber' Remix

Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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Listen to Sade's Beautiful New Song—'The Big Unknown'

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We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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