DaBaby Accused of Taking ‘Boogeyman’ From Another Artist – Rolling Stone
Toronto artist and Songwriter Layla Hendryx isn’t a particular fan of oft-involved rapper DaBaby. She says she only realized he had just released a song whose chorus surprisingly resembled elements of one of his unreleased tracks (of the same name) because it was making headlines for another raison. DaBaby launches into “Boogeyman”, on his latest album, Baby on Baby 2claiming to have had a sexual relationship with Megan Thee Stallion before she was shot by rapper Tory Lanez.
“The totality [cadence]the whole hook flow is stolen from me,” says Hendryx rolling stone. “One, it was done in such a coy way, and two, that he used the song to diss another black woman while you rob another black woman is just crazy to me.”
A Tweeter by a friend of Hendryx comparing the two tracks had begun circulating, first showing DaBaby spitting “You play with me, oh my – turn off the lights, boogeyman”, on swinging 808s. He then captures Hendryx delicately singing slower over a vocal sample: “Come down, turn out the lights…like, ‘Boo’, he’s the boogeyman.”
A representative for DaBaby did not respond to rolling stonerequest for comment.
Hendryx says another friend of his shared his Unreleased “Boogeyman” with an A&R earlier this year. She hadn’t heard from the recipient, who she says she’s “one hundred percent sure” was the song’s pipeline to DaBaby.
“A&R rob artists all the time, don’t give them credit,” says Hendryx, who wrote with Drake and Baka Not Nice on the latter’s “Money in the Bank.” “It happened to me, but not on this scale. I’m also friends with writers and I’ve heard stories, horror stories – ‘Hey, I was in a room and I did a song and then I go out and hear it on the radio six months later without being credited.'”
Now Hendryx is pursuing legal action. Maybe, she ruminates, if this had been another more positive song, from another less beleaguered artist, she would have been willing to make different moves. “But it’s the fact that, not only did you steal for me – outright plagiarism – but then you use it to criticize someone else, another artist,” Hendryx reiterates. “It’s just not something I want to be a part of. Even though they had just kicked me out, it’s not something I want to write about. I don’t want to write for DaBaby. I would have said no to begin with. Just let me choose with my own art.