Rapper Juice WRLD’s Producer Accuses Sting of ‘Stealing’
Rapper Juice WRLD's producer Nick Mira launched an attack on Sting in a battle over the former Police leader's classic song “Shape of My Heart,” which plays a significant role in the recent rap track “Lucid Dreams.”
Last month Sting paid tribute to the chart-topping single, while also clearly claiming ownership, calling it a “beautiful interpretation” of his 1993 original and joking, “the royalties from ‘Lucid Dreams’ will put my grandkids through college.’” Co-writer Dominic Miller added, “We’re really happy for his success and, of course, for us too.”
In July, Juice WRLD explained, “My producer sung me the beat, and then when I heard it, I was like, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a Sting sample. I think it was like eight bars of the song. That was like the beat that carried the whole beat, the melodies, all of it. It all revolved around the sample.”
However, in a recent tweet, later deleted but reported by HipHopDX.com, Mira said, “Fuck @OfficialSting and his WHOLE team. After taking 85% of 'Lucid Dreams' (for interpolating 'Shape of My Heart,' NOT EVEN sampling) he threatened to take us to court for trying to get any %. Sting ALSO flexed stealing our money and said it put his grandkids through college.” He added, “everybody put a FUCK @OfficalSting in the comments if you real.”
However, WRLD himself wasn't nearly as upset as his producer, tweeting that "Lucid Dreams" impacted too many people in a positive way for him to stay upset. "There's always more money to be made, and I will make it."
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated that WRLD, not Mira, had posted the initial tweets criticizing Sting. We apologize for this error.
The former Police frontman did not appear to reply to Mira's initial flurry. He’d previously developed his own version of “Lucid Dreams” and added it to his current set list, noting, “It always gets a great response.” Reflecting on the fact that “Shape of My Heart” has been used a number of times by other musicians, he said, “It’s interesting to me that the descending minor scale of ‘Shape’ has inspired so many hip-hop artists, as if it provides a ready-made template for the expression of emotions that are reflective, tender and vulnerable."