EXCLUSIVE: Rappers Turk And Smoke Bulga In Dispute Over Title, Track and Cover Art For Single "Pull Up"
(AllHipHop News) New Orleans, Louisiana rapper Turk has found himself embroiled in controversy, over the release of his new single "Pull Up," featuring Joe Young and Don Trip.
What was supposed to be a celebratory moment for Turk turned sour yesterday afternoon (August 5), after allegations arose that he stole the concept from Boston, Massachusetts veteran rapper Smoke Bulga.
Not only is the song in question, but the artwork is almost identical as well. Both covers feature an infamous scene from the classic movie "Boyz in the Hood," where character Ricky is shot in an alleyway.
"I woke up this morning and I seen all these Tweets. Creativity is in my blood, I come from creativity we make words up like 'bling bling' and make the world do what we do," Turk told AllHipHop.com saying he had never heard of Smoke Bulga.
Both rappers' singles sound somewhat identical. They both have the same title and same artwork. Turk's version hit the Internet earlier this week, prompting a backlash from Smoke Bulga's 58,000-plus Twitter fans.
Smoke Bulga released his version of "Pull Up" featuring Norfsyde Slee and Blockburna Ladin in June and said Turk is definitely aware of him as an artist.
"That s**t been everywhere, and I know for sure that he was following my page at one point when the n***a was locked up he was f**king with this chick from Boston and I spoke to him on three-way. We've had conversations before," Smoke Bulga told AllHipHop.com in response to Turk's claim of not knowing who he is.
Turk told AllHipHop.com that having the same title and artwork is purely coincidental. His version of "Pull Up" was created by producer JoeyDidThis of Atlanta. The rapper called in a favor to German rapper Joe Young and Don Trip who appear on Turk's song.
As far as the cover, Turk said that he originally released his single with no cover, until his graphic designer presented him with artwork featuring the infamous scene from "Boyz in the Hood."
Turk pointed to the coincidental timing and similarities between his mixtape "Louisianimalz" and Sheek Louch's release "Donnie G: Don Gorilla."
"It don't mean nobody took nothing from you," Turk explained to AllHipHop.com. "I didn't feel like Sheek Louch took anything for me or I took something from him. It be the people who don't think, who be thinking these things. Shout out to the guy in Boston and the city of Boston, we 'Pull Up' everywhere," Turk said, sounding genuine with the shout out.
Still, Smoke Bulga said The Dukati Gang has been working tirelessly to promote their record "Pull Up" and they had no plans on letting the issue go.
"All of the s**t that we're doing, every dollar we put in the s**t, food is coming out a n***a's kids mouths, we aint playing for this s**t at all. Whatever it is, it could be a misunderstanding, but I know somebody stole my s**t and he's the face of it. He's the poster child for whoever came and took me and my n***a's s**t. Not even us, my city ain't having it."
Smoke Bulga acknowledged that sometimes artists may use the same titles or have similarities in their songs from time to time. Still, he believes everything about Turk's release is suspicious.
He even said he is open to reconciliation and acknowledged the possibility that there could be some confusion involved, since Turk didn't actually produce the record or the artwork in question.
"If there was confusion involved, like the producers did some f**k s**t, the n***as need to pull up on the producers. I'm not out here looking for none of the f**kery. We aint with the Internet bangin'. But we do stand for something. And at the end of the day, you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. RIP to Roc Dukati."
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