DJ Dahi Takes Aim at Kendrick Lamar Demo Leaker: “Y’all Really Dying of Thirst Out Here”

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On Thursday, producer DJ Dahi addressed the recent leak of three unreleased Kendrick Lamar tracks on Spotify.

DJ Dahi didn’t hold back on the recent leak of a set of songs by Kendrick Lamar. On Thursday (January 19), the Inglewood, California native went to Instagram to slam a Spotify playlist titled “Morale Pack,” presumably named in reference to Lamar’s latest album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. The playlist, which contained songs titled  “Pure,” “Make Me Happy,” and “Computer Love,” was posted by user Marozy, who previously uploaded unofficial versions of Kanye West’s “Mr. Miyagi” and “City in the Sky,” according to HipHopDX.

“Why are y’all leaking shit from 4 years ago???” DJ Dahi wrote on his Instagram Stories. “We didn’t even bounce these records out. These KDot records are strictly demos. Y’all really dying of thirst out here lol.”

In that same news brief, HipHopDX pointed out that “Pure” featured ad-libs later heard on Baby Keem’s “Vent,” while select lines from “Make Me Happy” appeared on Lamar’s “Purple Hearts” featuring Summer Walker and Ghostface Killah.

DJ Dahi co-produced songs “Die Hard,” “Father Time,” “Rich Spirit,” and “Count Me Out” for Mr. Morale. He explained to Rolling Stone that the latter was originally intended for his own project.

“That was from a jam session that I had done with my guys. … I sent it to Kendrick, like, ‘What do you think?’” Dahi said about “Count Me Out.” “And he was like, ‘Yo, I love it.’ He was like, ‘This shit is crazy,’ and he started writing to it, and he was like, ‘Yo, bro, I think I might need it. This is exactly what I need.’ Just knowing him and his process, it’s like, all right, yeah. Maybe it’s a good thing or bad thing, but I don’t hold on to music. If I trust other artists or what they do creatively, I’ll let things go because it’s more about the messenger.”

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