Frank Ocean has filed a lawsuit against producer Om’Mas Keith, alleging that the producer is looking to take co-writing credit for songs on Blonde that he did not contribute songwriting on. Keith, who previously collaborated with Ocean on Channel Orange, was listed on performance royalties organization ASCAP’s database as a co-writer on multiple Blonde tracks, including “Nights,“ “Pink + White,” “Ivy,” and more. As TMZ points out, Ocean has filed a suit that alleges Keith was brought on as a work-for-hire producer and paid a flat fee for his contributions to the album. He is looking to have a judge block Keith from the songwriting credits. Keith was notably absent from the Blonde liner notes.
When reached for comment, a representative for Frank Ocean replied: “A complaint has been filed against Om’Mas Keith who has falsely stated to have written certain songs which appear on the album Blonde. These claims are untrue and this issue is being dealt with by litigators.” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Keith for further comment.