“THE OBAMA MIXTAPE – DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY HERE!
On June 22, on this very website, I posted my video for my Lil’ Wayne “A Milli” remake, “Obama, Obama.” I also posted it up as a FREE download (currently, it’s been downloaded from this site 1400 times and counting). (You can read about the creation of the song by clicking HERE.)
A week later, I found out that my song was being played on radio stations in Seattle, Charlotte, and Louisville. One of the people who commented on my YouTube wall said they heard it in Atlanta (my current home town) but didn’t know which station they heard it on.
On July 11, I took my song up to V-103, along with a mound of paperwork as evidence to the song’s popularity, and asked the receptionist to give it to the program director.
Above: My video for “Obama, Obama,” which debuted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 – a full 19 days before I took it to radio station V-103 in Atlanta.
A few days later, while on vacation in Virginia, I received a phone call from one of my co-workers saying that V-103 was playing my song on the radio, only it didn’t sound like my voice. Turns out, it was V-103’s radio DJ Ryan Cameron, who took the beat I made with the “Obama’s” in the background to create his own Obama song.
I had no problem with this… until people started commenting on my video that Istole my video/song idea from Ryan Cameron, instead of the other way around. As you can imagine, this made me furious.
Luckily, my entertainment lawyer is friends with Mr. Cameron. After they had a meeting, he agreed to give me credit for the song on his radio show, which is all I wanted in the first place!
I say all this to say: I know it may sound silly that I want credit for a song that I remade off someone else in the first place… but I’m sure Weird Al likes getting credit for thinking up his parodies, which can take a LONG time to get right, and it’s annoying when people are constantly writing you accusing you of stealing a song idea you thought of first.
And shout-outs to Mr. Bangladesh, who made the original “A Milli” beat.