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Well ain’t this a funny coincidence that your flow/style & mine sound similar🤔Flows are getting bit in broad day light huh. ok h*** re tlaa di bonela ko pele, you & the n***s that write your songs nxla! le tletse masepa waitse. Wrong b*** !! As if I’m here on another continent without ears smh enjoy the glory while it lasts. What kind of f****d up coincidence is this???Now I can write a song in minutes I took a whole day to structure CAKE, this s*** ain’t adding up??? Which n*** thought it was a good idea to do this?? I done asked everybody’s opinion before jumping the gun! s*** still not adding up, a lot of people in the industry in SA had my track. I know money can buy a lot of things, apparently it can also bite flows, the song structure is what gave it away. Some shady s*** is going on here! This s*** ain’t adding up!!! I thought ya’ll had a lot of songs 😑 this one sounds recent, nxla! Fame e tlaa le bolaya. A re bakae, re teng mma FOH with that bulls***, it’s basically the same song bruh! #Boity #bakae #reallybitch #reallynigga #imupset #jozi #johannesburg #wtf #mzansi #southafrica #plagiarism #plagiarism #plagiarism
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According to a Manchester-based rapper, Boity snatched her song!
Although Boity ’s latest hit Bakae , was only recently released, it’s already ruffling some feathers. Karen Francis, a rapper based in England, claims that Boity stole her song and as a result, is in talks with her lawyers to remedy the situation. Boity didn’t plan to attract legal competition when she rapped, “Look, I don’t want beef I want competition”. Unfortunately for her, legal competition is exactly what she’ll be facing if the court believes that Karen has a strong case.
Bakae, with predominantly Tswana lyrics, has been streamed thousands of times and enjoyed plenty of airplay on SA’s radio stations. However, Karen is adamant that the track was inspired by one of her 2018 releases, Cake.
When speaking to All4Women, Karen explained how she felt when hearing Bakae: “I listened to Bakae and I was in a completely state of shock because I recognised so many elements of the song instantly. I could recognise my signature and my structure on Boity’s verses. I’m a songwriter and I can write a song in minutes. I took time to really structure that song [Cake] to really put my signature on it and show a part of me that people are not acquainted (with).”
Born in Botswana and currently living in Manchester, England, Karen has had strong links to SA’s music industry since she was 13. She enthusiastically keeps up to speed with Mzansi’s pop culture and frequently posts reaction videos on her YouTube channel. With that said, it’s not surprising that she’s been following Boity’s career from the start, but this Instagram post makes it clear that she’s not impressed by Boity allegedly infringing on her intellectual property:
To add to that, Karen’s industry contacts from Southern Africa agree that she could present a solid argument in court. After comparing Bakae to Cake, various managers in the local music biz all had the same opinion: the two singles are so alike that the similarities simply can’t go unnoticed.
Boity has previously been accused of having others pen her tracks for her, and it’s worth pointing out that local rapper, Sizwe Moeketsi (aka Reason), is credited as the co-writer of Bakae. Which one of them is to blame for the suspected plagiarism remains a mystery to Karen. Instead of getting in touch with Boity directly, she’ll contact Boity’s label, Universal Music South Africa, who released Bakae, once her legal team completes their investigations.
Karen and her lawyer can provide evidence that Cake was promoted in SA and Botswana last year, with the promo being played more than a whopping 60 000 times! They are now waiting to hear back from forensic analysts who can prove that Bakae was a manipulation of Cake, meaning that her unique sound was stolen. Having just settled a record deal, Karen is determined to put her earnings to good use to argue her case.
Now that you’ve got all the deets, decide for yourself whether Bakae and Cake sound the same, by checking out the music videos below.