UPDATE FEB 28TH: a lawsuit has been filed by Mikey See in NY Supreme Court.
In the wake of Mikey See and Tribe Mafia’s “Like Cola” official music video hitting one million views on YouTube, the artists are now finding themselves battling against each other in a legal dispute regarding ownership of music and copyright infringement.
Their collaboration began during SXSW 2019 when Tribe Mafia was approached by Michael Capra, Mikey See’s father and manager. Capra offered to fly the group out to New York to collaborate with his son on various songs. The artists found great synergy while working together on the east coast that Capra offered for Tribe Mafia to join Mikey See on Akon’s tour in Sao Paulo Brazil at On Music Festival.
After their performance in Brazil, the group continued to join Mikey See on tour in Florida in late 2019. A series of unfortunate events unraveled and escalated causing the group to sever ties after returning home to Austin, Texas.
In lieu of this incident, Mikey See dropped “Far Away,” “Watch Out,” and “Can’t Let Go” in early January while claiming full rights and ownership to these songs. Chinasa Broxton of Tribe Mafia had these songs taken down all streaming platforms the same day, using his proof of copyrights for composition in defense.
On Mikey See’s website, he responds to Tribe Mafia’s claims stating “Mikey See and his team parted ways with the duo in a respectful manner, honoring the contract all parties had signed and agreed to.” Although Mikey See and his camp claim that there was a contract in place there was no document presented or any signature signed when the artists initially met up in New York.
As a counterattack and to “rightfully” claim his song, Mikey See disputed Tribe Mafia’s current release of “Can’t Let Go,” which dropped on Valentine’s Day. For the record, what Mikey See and his team do own are the masters to the song and not the song itself.
Along with the legal dispute regarding ownership of music and copyright infringement, Tribe Mafia is currently dealing with harassing commentary from Michael Capra. In a text message sent by the father and manager, he claims “Broxton you f*cking scumbag wait till I see you.”
Tribe Mafia has proof of documentation claiming them as rightful owners to the song and will continue their legal pursuit as necessary.