Producer Major Seven Speaks On “The Devil Is A Lie” Controversy

You know Rick Ross and Jay Z’s new track “The Devil is A Lie?” Well, there’s been some controversy

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You know Rick Ross and Jay Z‘s new track “The Devil is A Lie?” Well, there’s been some controversy regarding who actually produced the beat. A few days back, shortly after the song was released, K.E. On The Track staked his claim as producer of the song with an in-studio video showing how he made the beat. This upset fellow producer Major Seven, who explained that K.E. stole the track from him after he refused to sign to K.E.’s Beat Mechanics roster. Major Seven caught up with XXL to discuss the issue; read a few quotes from that interview below.

Did you play your version to K.E. and you guys collaborated? How did he end up stealing your beat?
No, we never collaborated. He stole it because I emailed him back in January, along with six other people who I trust. That’s the people who give me constructive criticism in all my stuff, like homies. I knew K.E. for years, so he was one of those people. I knew he could get the record placed and Keith had no problem placing the record for me. And they get what they deserve for placing the record. I even got him on the phone with Keith after he attempted to sign me for multiple days and take 40 percent of my publishing and all of this. Pretty much, got Keith on the phone and just didn’t like that I guess. [He] pretty much tried to blackmail me.

You know how Young Chop made “Don’t Like” and Kanye came and tweaked it? It’s a familiar story.
Actually, if Kanye tweaked my beat and got me that much buzz, I wouldn’t be upset [Laughs]. But this, he was completely trying to take the credit when I made the beat. I sent him the beat. The full beat. He had me coming over to his condo and he basically complimented the way I sampled. The whole situation, he tricked me to playing the sample and then he tried to go in and redo what I did and all that stuff. He went the extra mile and that’s why I was so upset. And that’s why I handled it the way I handled it. But I still did it respectfully. You don’t hear me cussing nobody out. I said what it was.

Sometime down the line, do you think you’ll work with K.E. again?
I can’t see it. At the end of day, he did give me my biggest Christmas gift I could ever ask for. It’s just so crazy. It’s the biggest Christmas gift I could ask for. I got Jay Z and Ross on one of my beats. At the end of the day, thank you K.E.

For those looking to read the full interview be sure to click here, and stay tuned for Major Seven’s beat making video, set to surface sometime in the near future.

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