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Mykki Blanco accuses Teyana Taylor’s team of withholding payment for “WTP” feature

Blanco asked fans to stop streaming the 2018 track.

July 17, 2020
Mykki Blanco accuses Teyana Taylor’s team of withholding payment for “WTP” feature (L) Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Diesel (R) Rick Kern/Getty Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation  

Rapper Mykki Blanco has shared a statement accusing Teyana Taylor's team of refusing to pay Blanco for her feature on Taylor's 2018 song "WTP."

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In the statement posted Friday on Instagram, Blanco wrote: "These people have been flippant, rude, they have lied, delayed, found me 'harmless' and 'inconsequential.'" She went on to ask fans not to stream "WTP," writing "everything associated with this song and these people is ANTI- LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈." Blanco emphasized that her criticisms were directed at Taylor's team, and that she did not wish to "badmouth" Taylor with her statement.

Read the statement in full below:

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Can you believe it’s been two years and Universal Music has still not paid me my feature fee for this song? Can you believe it took 1 year with the help of my lawyer to get credited on the song, because it did. I wrote on and co- produced this track as well as writing the verse that Kanye literally raps on “Hurry”. Is that a big accomplishment to write for other artists NO, this isn’t about clout. . The reason I have gone public with this is not to bad mouth @teyanataylor, but her ENTIRE team and Universal have treated me WITH SO MUCH DISRESPECT, THEY HAVE TREATED ME BAD YALL... REALLY BAD, I HATE DOING THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA BUT I HAVE HAD IT!!!!! It’s a pandemic, like so many musicians I’m completely out of work. I’m doing writing jobs here and there but almost all of my income like so many others stems from touring. I’ve had it, I didn’t want to go public but the way I have been treated is really, really, really bad. These people have been flippant, rude, they have lied, delayed, found me “harmless” and “inconsequential”. . I’m asking all of my fans PLEASE DO NOT STREAM “WTP”. . PLEASE DO NOT STREAM @teyanataylor “WTP”. . I’ve had it, everything associated with this song and these people is ANTI- LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈. It’s a lie, after 2 years and during a pandemic they still act like paying me a simple feature fee is a joke. This song and these people do not support Black, Trans & Queer people, it’s a lie I’m done participating in. . Universal thinks making me wait 2 years for proper credit and a simple feature fee is okay. They think I’m a small artist with inconsequential reach. . Please I ask you, stop streaming and never stream again “WTP”.

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"WTP" was released on Taylor's 2018 album K.T.S.E. According to Blanco, it took her a year and a lawyer to receive her writing credit and feature on the song, and she has yet to receive an acknowledgment from Universal Music for co-producing "WTP," or for writing Kanye West's verse on the K.T.S.E. song "Hurry."

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Blanco wrote that the economic fallout from the coronavirus has increased the urgency of her message. "It’s a pandemic, like so many musicians I’m completely out of work... I didn’t want to go public but the way I have been treated is really, really, really bad."

The FADER has reached out to representatives for Mykki Blanco and Teyana Taylor.

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Mykki Blanco accuses Teyana Taylor’s team of withholding payment for “WTP” feature