Magix Enga is a Kenyan music producer who took down American hip hop star Tekashi 6ix9ine’s music video for ‘Gooba’ from YouTube for copyright infringement. Tekashi is the most prominent musician targeted by the Kenyan producer on his war against musicians allegedly sampling Kenyan producers’ work without consent.
It all started on the 31st of May 2020 where the Kenyan producer claimed that the track GOOBA, which took the record for the most views on a hip hop video in its first 24 hours from Eminem‘s Machine Gun Kelly diss ‘Killshot’, unlawfully used one of his sample beats.
The song was unavailable on YouTube for a number of hours with the message: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Magix Enga.”
In a social media post, the Kenyan producer warned,
“Don’t sample my beats. Biggest song delete by Magix Enga.”
The takedown did not take long as 6ix9ine’s team filed a counterclaim. Hours after Magix Enga’s copyright claim and the music video was back streaming on YouTube, garnering over 200 million views.
Although the track has since been restored on YouTube, 6ix9ine appeared to respond in the comments of a post by Akademiks about its reinstatement, saying,
“Haters right now acting like they don’t see this post.”
Magix reacted to Tekashi by posting a video on Twitter and called the American rapper “stupid” and then posted a video response, saying:
“6ix9ine, your song ‘Gooba’ is now on YouTube, let me just forgive you bro, but at least respect Magix Enga, Kenyan Beat King.”
Later on, the producer contradicted himself and clarified that the rainbow cloured hair US rapper did not sample his beat.
“Y’all need to know that he did note sample my beats, he used just one of my sample kits. I have my own sample kits and I uploaded them six years ago. Only produces can understand this.So YouTube had to take that song down and because I don’t want to fight, I decided to put that song back on YouTube after receiving some cash,” he wrote.
Tekashi 6ix9ine later took to his Instagram that his haters were definitely mad that the song was back on the platform. He wrote,
“I know ya dead mad right now.”
Magix Enga retorted in the rapper’s comments section saying:
“Stupid. You want your money back? I can still delete that.”
After allegedly receiving his payment, Magix Enga was in the mood of giving and offered to buy food for anyone who couldn’t afford it. He instructed his followers currently facing tough times to comment on their names and M-Pesa credentials in order to receive some of the money.
So YouTube had to take that song down, and because I don’t want to fight I decided to put that song back on YouTube after receiving some cash and I want to give that money to those who can’t afford a meal today’ he wrote on Instagram
Magix Enga is not new to controversy and clout chasing as six months ago, Harmonize’s hit Uno was also pulled down from YouTube after the producer filed a copyright claim. According to Magix Enga, the beat sampled by the Konde Music Worldwide label boss was birthed by the 2018 Kenyan anthem, Dundaing featuring King Kaka.
Magix Enga’s actions were deemed as ”clout chasing” using cheap and invalid publicity stunts. His fans advised the young producer to focus on his work and do it without propaganda.