Missy Elliott Earns Money With Bad Bunny Hit Song
Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott has released countless hit songs over the years and paved the way for artists like her to succeed in the music industry. One artist who has paid homage to Elliott’s artistry is Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny.
Missy Elliott Has Writing Credits On Bad Bunny’s ‘Safaera’
Bad Bunny’s second album of 2020 YHLQMDLG showed that he was a reggaetón artist to safeguard his talent. One of the songs on the album was “Safaera”, an homage to old school 2000s reggaetón that brought together Bad Bunny with fellow Boricuas, Jowell & Randy and Ñengo Flow.
In addition to their verses, the song’s production — handled by prolific Puerto Rican producer and songwriter Tainy — includes samples of various songs, including Missy Elliott’s 2001 hit “Get Ur Freak On” and the well-known song. loved by Bob Marley “Could You Be Loved”.
“Safaera” was never released as a single, but has remained a fan favorite from the album since its release.
Missy Elliott corrected Jowell about her role in ‘Safaera’
In March 2022, Jowell sat down with Moluscan Television to discuss the song and more. In the interview, Jowell said that Elliott asked for millions of dollars in copyright after “Safera” was released without clearing the sample with her. This ultimately left Bad Bunny, Jowell & Randy, and Ñengo Flow with 1% of the song’s profits.
Jowell was accused on Twitter of inciting fans to hate Missy Elliott because of the money she makes from ‘Safaera’. Jowell replied that Elliott didn’t care if people were upset with his outsized share of the song’s royalties. Elliott herself then responded to clarify how the finances are set up.
“Unfortunately you’re fooling all these people into thinking I’ve got 99%. Now I’m not talking about online business because it’s messy, but now here we are, I’ve got 25% and he there are 6 other samples and 15 other writers on this song alone. They got a percentage as well,” the “Lose Control” rapper said.
Jowell responded to Elliott with nothing but gratitude for his work. “Missy, something got lost in translation because I never said you take 99%,” he said. “I’m cool with my 1%. Excuse me, nothing but Puerto Rico’s love for you.
Elliott was glad Jowell had purged the air. “I’m glad you now mention that there are a lot of other samples/writers on this track who got their percentages that you didn’t name. We’re both in the music industry and we know how we have to erase someone else’s work,” she said, sending her love. Jowell even responded by saying that they should work on an original song together at some point.
‘Get Ur Freak On’ has been sampled by other artists
“Safaera” is just one of many songs that used Timbaland’s production on “Get Ur Freak On.” Bubba Sparxxx’s debut single, “Ugly,” for example, interpolated “Get Ur Freak On,” and Elliott even appeared in the track’s music video.
Other songs that have included “Get Ur Freak On” in one way or another over the past two decades include Girl Talk songs “Oh No” and “Let It Out”, Ski’s “ILoveYourAunt”. Mask the Slump God and A$AP Ferg, and “Turn Out the Lights” by Shakka and Wretch 32.
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