Chennai rappers in a war of words over credits over hit song Enjoy Enjaami sung at Chess Olympiad

A major controversy has erupted over the credits of the hit ‘Enjoy Enjaami’, with rapper Arivu taking to social media to say that he was the one who composed, wrote, sang and performed the hugely popular ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ and that no one had given him a “tune”, a “melody” or a “unique word” to write the number.
Controversy erupted after music director Santhosh Narayanan received credit for composing the song at the Chess Olympiad Inaugural Ceremony in Chennai, where singers Dhee and Kidakuzhi Mariyammal performed the number. However, there was no mention of Arivu.

Taking to Instagram, Arivu broke his silence on the matter and said, “I ‘composed’, ‘wrote’ (sic), ‘singed’ and ‘performed’ ‘Enjoy Enjaami’. given a tune or a melody or a single word I’ve had nearly six months of sleepless, stressful nights and days for all that it is right now.

“Without a doubt, it’s great teamwork. Without a doubt, it brings everyone together. But that doesn’t mean it’s not the story of Valliammal or my tea plantation slave ancestors landless. Every song of mine will bear the mark of this generational oppression. Like this one just one.(sic)

“There are 10,000 folk songs on this earth. The songs that carry the breath of the ancestors, their pain, their life, their love, their resistance and everything about their existence. All of this speaks to you in beautiful songs. Because we are a generation of blood and sweat turned into the melodies of liberating arts.We carry the legacy through songs.

“Anyone can take your treasure when you’re asleep. Never when you’re awake. Jaibhim. Truth will always win!”

The rapper’s strong statements prompted a response from music director Santhosh Narayanan and singer Dhee, who both released their own statements.

Santhosh Narayanan, in his two-page statement, made several statements.

Stating that he would like to talk about his journey with the song “Enjoy Enjaami,” he said, “In December 2020, Dhee came up with the idea to create a Tamil song that glorified our roots and celebrated nature. composed, arranged, programmed, recorded, and co-sung “Enjoy Enjaami.” The aforementioned work is often referred to as “Producer” around the world, as many in the indie space already know.

“Dhee, Arivu and I came together with a lot of love for each other and for the love of independent art. We decided that no artist would just sing on “Enjoy Enjaami “and agreed that everyone would co-compose tunes or write verses in the song.

“While Dhee and Arivu agreed to sing the song, Dhee and Arivu were involved in the creative process. Dhee co-composed the tunes for many of its lines, while Arivu agreed to write the lyrics. I composed the rest of the tune and also composed the tune for portions of Arivu.

“Our team thanks director Manikandan (‘Kaaka Muttai’, ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’) for meticulously choosing the basis for this song’s lyrics and spending so many hours with Arivu to create a flow and storyline for the lyrics of the song and inspire him with so many lived stories and cultural history.The very basis of ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ is inspired by his amazing film ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’….”

The music director also clarified that all revenue and ownership of the song was split equally between Dhee, Arivu and himself.

He said, “I also want to be transparent that all revenue and ownership of this song is shared equally between Dhee, Arivu and myself. I have also supported artists Arivu and Dhee and have credited without prejudice on all platforms. under my control. My talk about Arivu in the Enjoy Enjaami audio launch is proof of that.

“Regarding Dhee and Kidakkuzhi Mariyammal’s Enjoy Enjaami performance at Chess Olympiad 2022, Arivu’s physical presence was sorely missed as he was out of the country and informed the event organizers that he could not attend due to his current US schedule. His recording was retained in the performance.”

Dhee, for his part, said in his two-page statement, “…I have complete control over what I say, do and what I share on my social media and have always made sure to giving credits to Arivu as writer/singer and Santhosh Narayanan as songwriter producer every moment.

“I proudly spoke about them, especially Arivu, whenever I had the chance. At no time did I diminish or minimize their importance in ‘Enjoy Enjaami’. I’ve only ever wanted to celebrate and showcase their work and I’ve done that every step of the way and I have no control over how our work is shared and promoted by external sources.

“…”Enjoy the lyrical structure of Enjami”, and the premise was heavily discussed and organized within the team and we were all on the same page until the song was released” , she said and added, “I only wanted Arivu’s voice to be heard the loudest. As I believe what he has to say is important and deserves to be put forward. All revenue and ownership of our song is shared equally between the three of us I never wanted to experience every milestone surrounding ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ with Arivu and Santhosh Narayanan and if or when an opportunity feels ill-intentioned, unfair or condoned any form of inequality, will not be part of it.”

The singer also spoke about what happened at the Chess Olympiad. She said: “About the Chess Olympiad performance, the event organizers approached Arivu and me to perform for the event, but since he was unavailable and in the United States, we played his voice for the performance.He was talked about at the event for his lyrics and his rendition of ‘Enjoy Enjaami’.

“Although all of this has been interpreted in different ways, I take comfort in the importance of what this conversation means in an ongoing battle and the role it plays in the process of revolution. I am ready and I have always been willing to sit down and have a conversation about this with all parties involved, publicly or privately, with or without the media, with an impartial mediator.”

‘Enjoy Enjaami’, one of the most popular chartbusters to capture the imagination of young people, was a phenomenal success. The number has a whopping 430 million views on YouTube, with over 4.8 million people giving it a thumbs up.


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