R&B songstress Monica’s popular new single, “Anything (To Find You)”, is charting well, hitting #71 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart, as she readies her upcoming seventh studio album, New Life.
However, there’s a little controversy surrounding the track — it’s missing a verse from a featured artist, who graced the original leak. That artist being Lil Kim.
Kim’s verse has been removed, entirely, from the final version, but not at Monica’s request. A rep from the singer’s label, J Records, told Billboard.com that the rapper’s verse was omitted from the official version due to contractual issues.
While J didn’t give any details, Monica did. She blames the estate of the late Notorious B.I.G. for not clearing a sample and Kim’s bars.
The song was produced by Missy Elliott and includes a guest spot from Rick Ross. But in addition to Kim, it originally featured a sample from Biggie’s 1995 hit, “Who Shot Ya”, both of which were left off the official version.
In a series of tweets, Monica explained what happened, as well as her disappointment in Kim’s verse being removed. She vowed, however, to get the verse back and release it.
“I am just finding out what has happened to my single and myself & Missy are beyond hurt that @LilKim was removed,” the singer wrote (@MonicaMyLife). “She’s our friend, a legend & @LilKim will get the respect she deserves at all cost. The clearance was revoked & I’m fighting to get it reinstated by the Biggie Estate.”
Monica also explained that Voletta Wallace, the mother of Biggie, has control over his estate (and the song sample), and did not give approval for Kim’s verse.
Apparently, Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, has the final say-so, and she didn’t give a clearance for both.
“We respect all parties involved & were gonna do WHATEVER to keep the song as is because @lilKim the bizness on the record,” Monica added. “I am as thorough as they come and I LOVE @LilKim bottom line is Ms Wallace has the final say and she said No. If we put it out we get SUED.”
During a recent interview with “The Lil Kim Fan Club Show”, Kim herself spoke about her verse on the track, stating that the verse she originally recorded was a lot longer. Apparently, it was shortened to make room for Rick Ross’s verse, but added that her full verse on the song would appear on Monica’s upcoming album.
New Life is due out this October.