For the benefit of those who need it, let’s just backtrack for a second.
Back in February of this year, Frank Ocean filed a lawsuit against Om’Mas Keith and his Analog Genius Corporation. Keith is a music producer who was hired to do work for Blonde, Frank Ocean’s 2016 album. Ocean was suing him because he believed Keith wrongfully claimed songwriting credits for several songs on the album.
The songs in question include “Nikes,” “Ivy,” “Pink + White,” “Be Yourself,” “Solo,” “Skyline To,” “Nights,” “Pretty Sweet,” “Facebook Story,” “White Ferrari,” “Siegfried,” “Godspeed,” and “Futura Free,” (basically, all the best songs) and even Endless tracks “At Your Best” and “Florida.” Keith reportedly registered himself with ASCAP (the American not-for-profit performance-rights organisation) as producer and co-writer for all of them.
Frank Ocean claimed that Keith received a flat fee for his production work and was not entitled to any songwriting credits. Now, the plot twist: Keith is denying the allegations, going so far as to countersue Ocean, per The Blast report.
In his countersuit, Keith acknowledges the flat fee but says that was for Channel Orange and that there were different terms for Blonde. He also says he’s received no royalties for Blonde and that Frank Ocean released the songs without his permission.
What Keith wants now is his credit for the songs, for Ocean’s lawsuit to be thrown out, and is also seeking unspecified damages, reportedly claiming that Ocean’s suit has caused him “enormous and irreparable harm.”
Rifumo Mdaka is a Johannesburg-based music writer who champions South African queer artists. When I’m bored, I watch iPhone keynotes and commercials. Read my website FDBQ Music and follow me on Twitter, @rifvmo