Legendary singer 2Baba is being accused of intellectual property theft by an upcoming artist Analike Okezie stage name Yoko B. The upcoming artist accused 2Baba of stealing his song “Amaka”.
Yoko B related his frustration with Sunday Scoop after he realized he has been robbed by the “African Queen” crooner 2Baba. Yoko B told the Sunday Scoop crew the following.
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“Right now, I am fed up with some of the top artistes in this country. Once they are up there, they can never help you grow. They prefer to rip you off and frustrate your hustle. The new song, Amaka, by 2baba featuring Peruzzi is my concept. The song was produced by Richie, who also did the chorus of the song. Shortly after producing my song, Richie was employed by Larry Gaga and he left FESTAC Town for Lekki where he worked with 2baba. My songs were still on his computer at that point. I was shocked when I discovered that they had ‘stolen’ the title, concept and message of my song. I released my version about five months ago and I have been trying to promote it with the little resources I have. I was already negotiating with Avalon Okpe to direct the video when 2baba released his version. I feel bad that they cheated me because I am an up-and-coming artiste. I want the world to know what has been done to me.”
The upcoming act noted that upon hearing 2Baba’s “Amaka” he contacted his friend Richie to tender his annoyance. He said Richie had nothing reasonable to say after he made his accusation.
“Yes, I complained to him but he didn’t say anything reasonable. He said anybody can come up with the title, Amaka. But I wonder why the concept and instrumental of the songs are so similar if something isn’t fishy. I am sure that somehow, 2baba must have heard the song. To cover their tracks, 2baba’s version was produced by another producer, Sperochbeatz, but they all work in the same studio.”
On the other side, 2Baba’s manager was contacted about the allegation and he responded he wasn’t aware of such.
“This is the first time I’m hearing about that claim and I cannot comment on what I don’t know about.”