Who Knew Beyonce Was Grimey???

 |  February 26, 2010
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Beyonce is not as innocent and wholesome as she portrays. After speculation that Beyonce was getting songwriting credit where it was not due, producer Rob Fusari is talking about how the diva ripped off his idea for the now classic Destiny’s Child track Bootylicious!! Rob was quoted:

I came up with the idea to build a track using the guitar riff from Stevie Nicks’ Edge of Seventeen. I really wanted to play the riff from Eye of the Tiger, but I was flipping through my CDs in the studio and I couldn’t find it. But I saw the Stevie Nicks CD and I remembered that the riff was similar.

I figured I’d put the guitar loop on there temporarily, and later go into the studio with a guitar and replay it, because I’d learned, after sampling Stevie Wonder’s I Wish for Will Smith’s Wild Wild West, that I didn’t want to lose 50% of the publishing. I vividly remember telling Mathew Knowles, “Mathew, you got to book me into your studio and let me replay that riff.” It was Guitar 101! One note!

He didn’t want to do it. So 50% got cut for one note. That whole experience was bittersweet for me.

I remember watching Barbara Walters interview Beyoncé about Bootylicious, and she told Barbara about how she came up with the idea for the track. And I was just like, “What?” I called Mathew – which was a big mistake; I got emotional, and I apologized after – but I called Mathew and said, “Mathew, like, why?”

And he explained to me, in a nice way, he said, “People don’t want to hear about Rob Fusari, producer from Livingston, N.J. No offense, but that’s not what sells records. What sells records is people believing that the artist is everything.” And I’m like, “Yeah, I know, Mathew. I understand the game. But come on, I’m trying too. I’m a squirrel trying to get a nut, too.”

  • http://www.beatslocker.com/ hip hop beats chick

    Wow.. I didnt know that – Im a fan of Beyonce music, but she should know how important it is to have hit beats under a great song http://www.beatslocker.com I don understand why she would not give credit, without the hot beat perhaps the song would of never been a hit.. she know the value of getting a well produced beat.. take care of your people and keep getting those hip hop beats that give you a hit!

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/ iHipHop

    Welcome to the shark tank Rob!

  • David Jackson

    I remember seeing an interview with Beyonce and she said she was listening to various tracks and she heard the Stevie Nicks riff and wrote the song while on an airplane. The darkness always come to the light.

  • http://www.pianoholicmusic.com/ Piano instrumentals

    Beyonce is evil, haha! You never know whats goin on insides people head until they trust you!