British vocal powerhouse Jessie Ware‘s Julio Bashmore-produced song “110%” recycles a snippet of late rap legend Big Pun‘s track “Dream Shatterer”. Specifically the line “Carvin’ my initials on your forehead,” which is looped throughout “110%”. But the other night at Ware’s debut U.S. show, at the New York venue the Box, Ware revealed that she has been involved in a sample clearance dispute with Big Pun’s estate.
“Fuck Big Pun!”, she told the crowd, according to Billboard.
The title “110%” was inspired by Pun’s track “100%”. (She told Billboard, “I thought I could top it.”) Ware was supposed to release the 110% EP via new U.S. label Cherrytree this month. Instead, due to the sample issues, the song and the EP will be renamed “If You’re Never Gonna Move” and will be released January 15. According to Billboard, The “carvin’ my initials on your forehead” line has been changed to “coming on a mission like a warhead.”
The EP will also feature a remix of the title track, plus “Sweet Talk”, “Devotion”, and a cover of Bobby Caldwell’s classic “What You Won’t Do For Love”.
“We had to be imaginative and change the words,” Ware told Billboard. “It’s annoying but it always happens.”
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