Published Nov 26, 2013The musical partnership between producer Blood Orange (a.k.a. Dev Hynes) and Solange Knowles is currently in a disharmonious state, with an apparently long-developing beef between the artists spilling over onto Twitter this week.
The pair had worked together extensively on Solange's 2012 breakthrough True — Hynes acting as producer, songwriter and musician on the release — but a Blood Orange feature on The Fader hinted that attributing songwriting credit to Hynes on the EP had become an issue between the two.
Of the drama encapsulated in the piece, it notes that Knowles had been upset by being referred to as the "vocal muse" in the partnership, with Hynes later stepping out of Knowles's live band. He apparently wasn't asked to contribute to her next, currently in-the-works solo LP. The situation has seemingly degraded even further, with Hynes lashing out on his former collaborator online over the fallout.
"If you wanna take shots at me text me call me talk to me in person but don't ever drop a subliminal, talk behind my back, or send a flunky. I'm doing myself," Hynes reportedly wrote in a series of now-deleted tweets [via Stereogum] yesterday (November 25), adding, "Ain't nothing to do with anyone else, I'm about myself, like any self respecting human should be. We live & die alone. I have beef with no one. I won't even mention your name ever again. Any of you. I've said my bit. I've reached out. I've praised you. But now it's done. It's over. We're done. Bye."
Knowles responded, again over Twitter: "When you do tumblr post, speak about things in interviews, tweet, issues then belong to the public. I have been minding my biz. I have only ever praised you and spoken about you positively, even when our perspectives were totally different. I still support your artistry & am extremely happy for your success. I just wished you were honest about the making of my album. That's all I'm going to say on this. You know more than anyone niggas love drama. Also u know very well I have reached out. Bless. Ps: Your phone been going straight to VM for long time."
Only time will tell if the duo can put their differences behind them and produce more material together. In the meantime, Hynes just recently delivered his Exclaim!-approved Cupid Deluxe as Blood Orange, while Knowles served up new material on her Saint Heron compilation, which also includes tunes from Sampha and Kelela, among others.