Founder of the Chalewote Street Art Festival Mantse Aryeequaye has dragged rapper Obrafour and producer Hammer for allegedly claiming sole ownership of the ‘killer cut blood’ phrase.
Mantse in his suit accused Obrafour of claiming ownership of the phrase and copyrighting it in the US in September 2022.
He said “his artistic work, in the form of a spoken word titled “Killer Cut”, was used on the song ‘Oye Ohene’ by 1st defendant (Obrafour) with permission, but without transfer of any rights, nor permission to 1 defendant to register the work as his own, or receive any payments from its subsequent use by anyone in any form.”
He further argued that “the “Killer Cut” which was used by the 1st Defendant in his song, is separate and distinct from the song recorded by Defendants. It was recorded separately and subsequently infused into the 1st Defendant’s song by the 2nd Defendant (Hammer), mainly to enhance/improve the song.”
According to him, after knowing of Drake’s request to use that part of the ‘Oye Ohene’ track, he called for a meeting with both Obrafour and Hammer, however, the two failed to honour the meeting.
He said he later found out Obrafour had registered the track with the phrase inclusive in the US “robbing him (Mantse) of his intellectual property and seeking to receive payment for plaintiff’s work exclusively.”
He has therefore described the rapper’s actions as malicious with “clear nefarious intent” to divert and use royalties belonging to him.
He has prayed the court to restrain Obrafour from demanding and receiving payment for ‘killer cut’.
He is further asking the court to order Hammer to not only relinquish all his works to him but, also submit a record of all his works (with Hammer), including ones that have been used in other tracks.
Among other things, he is also demanding “general damages against 1st defendant for misappropriating Plaintiff’s work and actively seeking to profit from it whilst evading all calls and efforts to rectify his duplicitous conduct” and “costs including full indemnity for legal costs which could have been avoided.”
Details emerging indicate that two have been evading an attempt for them to be served.
In a Facebook post, he revealed that Hammer and Obrafour had been evading being served by the court’s bailiff.
As such, his lawyers applied for an Order of Substitution, allowing them to serve the two on their personal WhatsApp, Facebook, and Notice Board of the High Court, Accra.