Desiigner is having a moment right now, he has the number one song in the country despite all the criticism from fans and industry folks alike, who accuses the new rapper of being a carbon copy of Future.
The accusation isn't without merit, all you have to do is listen to Panda to recognize the direct similarities to Future. Over the past 2 months various folks have weighed in on the topic – the latest to do so is legendary producer Mike Dean who's been with G.O.O.D. Music camp for the better part of 15 years, as well as recent with Beyoncé’s self-titled 2013 album and two weeks ago with LEMONADE.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Dean addresses the criticism of Desiigner and music comparisons to Future
How is it working with Desiigner?
He’s a lot more of an artist than you think he is. He’s not just some Future knockoff. He talks like that — he sounds like he’s got Auto-Tune on his voice in real life. He talks like Future raps, which is weird.
It’s crazy he’s from Brooklyn.
I don’t know where he got his music influence. Just like that old s**t that I had, the s**t with A$AP Rocky and Yams and all that s**t. Like Yams said they grew up on that music on the Internet. Me and Plain Pat were talking about Desiigner. To older people, listening to music is like soul music or old rock music. To Desiigner though [what’s out now] is all the music he knows.
Check out the full interview on Billboard.