The conversation that was started by Diane Warren is still simmering on Twitter and recently Questlove stepped in with her take. We previously reported on Warren, a songwriter with an undeniable and unrivaled legacy in the industry, wondering why 24 songwriters were needed on one track. She was apparently referring to Beyoncé Renaissance album that hosts multiple samples throughout, making the list of credited people long as the writers and producers of each track have been acknowledged.
It’s something Warren knows well, as you might expect, as she’s written for artists like Mariah Carey, Cher, Patti LaBelle, Ciara and dozens of others who have topped the charts worldwide.
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The-Dream immediately responded to Warren’s call and informed her of how historically many black artists sampled or interpolated productions into their own music due to the inability to collaborate due to lack of means. Warren came back to say she wasn’t trying to be sleazy, but some thought she was acting on purpose in ignoring an industry where she is a leading force.
Meanwhile, Questlove added his voice to the discussion and stirred up controversy over “Blurred Lines,” which sparked a lawsuit by Marvin Gaye’s estate against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. The artists have lost the costume.
“In those post ‘Blurred Lines’ moments, you’ll see a lot of that,” the musician said. “I actually applaud her for giving a seat at the table to people who otherwise would NEVER have been considered otherwise. As if she doesn’t have ‘to’ credit the ‘Show Me Love’ crew. , but just out of respect, she did them good.”
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Michael Harriot added, “If white blues, folk, and rock musicians paid and recognized the black artists they robbed, some of Diane Warren’s early songs would also have 24 songwriting credits.” Quest replied, “Imagine if Led Zep, the Stones, the Beatles, British Invasion did their due diligence — and gave credit to the people their catalog is derived from? [smiling emoji].”
Someone told Quest that Beyoncé needed to add more names to her credit list as well, and while he apparently agreed, he also didn’t believe people were targeting the right person.
“Yeah. Sadly, the burden of industry rules shouldn’t rest on Bey’s shoulder,” Questlove wrote. “I think remixers should be recognized for reinventing a song. And songwriters should be recognized if they’ve written a song (I get what you mean, but both of those issues existed long before Bey came along. “
He added that he hoped Renaissance wins a Grammy “so all 400 attendees” can have their moment in the sun. Check out the ongoing conversation below.