fter listening to Ciara and Tekno’s new collaboration, it’s hard to shake off a certain feeling of nostalgia.
The nostalgia is borne out of the fact that ‘Freak Me’, as the song is known, is familiar to many Nigerian music fans.
The song, which was released on Friday, samples a large portion of Tiwa Savage’s ‘Before Nko’ featuring D’Prince.
‘Before Nko’ is song off Savage’s 2016 album, ‘R.E.D’.
Anyone who had previously listened to ‘Before Nko’ would quickly notice similarities in the beat, melody and the lyrics of the hook.
A few Nigerians took to Twitter to accuse Tekno and Ciara of stealing Savage’s intellectual property despite the ‘Lova Lova’ singer being listed on the song’s credits.
Ciara & Tekno basically ripped off the production, hook and melody off “Before Nko”. #tueh.
— Bigfootinyourface (@BigfootinURface) August 10, 2018
Cheeeee!..Ciara's new song ft Tekno has exactly the same chorus as Tiwa Savage's 'before nko' from her RED Album..Tiwa should be cashing out…unless both songs were sampled from an old song I don't know….who knows both songs?…
— Dunnie #SevenTheEP (@OfficialDunnie) August 10, 2018
Lmaooo. Listen to the new Ciara and Tekno then listen to Tiwa Savage ft D’Prince – Before Nko.
Good morning 🙂
— Simi Badiru. (@SimiBadiru) August 10, 2018
However, on streaming platforms like Tidal, Ciara, Tiwalope Savage, Charles Enebeli, JR Rotem, Micheal Ajereh Collins (Don Jazzy), and Theron Thomas are given credits as contributors to ‘Freak Me’.
Listen to both songs below.