Prominent Dancehall producer, Cordel ‘Skatta’ Burrell has been sued by another renowned hit maker over the alleged improper use of his classic Riddim.
Andre Tyrell, more popularly known as Rookie is known for creating the highly acclaimed Superstar Riddim in 2001, which featured the likes of Buju Banton, Ce’Cile and most notably, the smash collaboration, Backshot by Lady Saw and Spragga Benz. However, elements of the Superstar Riddim were used by Skatta in the 2011 hit single, Street Hustle that he produced for his Downsound Records protégé, Specialist.
As a result, Tyrell has filed a lawsuit in which he alleges Burrell of copyright infringement and seeking for ‘due remuneration and credit’ for the use of his Riddim in Specialist single while also asking Skatta for a ‘lump sum’ payment as well as future royalties to boot.
Additionally, Rookie insists in the lawsuit that Skatta has breached his moral rights and also failed to ‘duly acknowledge or credit my client [Rookie] in respect of his authorship of the Superstar rhythm featured in the Street Hustle song.’
In response to Tyrell’s allegations, Burrell intimated that he decided to produce Street Hustle for Specialist in an effort to boost his budding career after finishing as the runner-up of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall in 2011. Additionally, Burrell maintains that he produced an authentic beat for the single while in the studio despite acknowledging that at the time, he didn’t realize he was playing it by ear.
Skatta revealed that he was made aware of Rookie’s allegations months ago by the co-produced of Street Hustle, Shady but did not initially profit off the single after airing on Jamaican radio before releasing it via iTunes.
Nevertheless, Skatta believes that Rookie should have hammered out his issues about the matter in person while stating that Tyrell should be grateful that his most successful production has received such press over a decade later. Despite that, Skatta says that he will be going to court with the intention of sorting the issue out as quickly as possible