The 17-year-old South Auckland teenager, with Cook Islands and Samoan roots has taken the hip-hop music scene by storm with his beat “Laxed: the Siren Beat”.
Also known as Jawsh 685 or Josh Nanai, Stylah said he thinks “it’s cool that Pacific culture is getting some attention”.
His distinctive, island-influenced tune, which was also inspired by hearing sirens in the streets of South Auckland, is one of TikTok’s most explosive tracks in 2020 and has been used by millions the world over.
It has also landed him with a recording deal with Sony Entertainment and on YouTube it has been viewed 20 million times.
Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon are the latest global superstars to dance to “Laxed” on the video-sharing, social media platform.
But the first artist who took the melody and used it as a backing track to his new single is still yet to give Stylah any formal acknowledgement.
Hip-hop sensation Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love” has been streamed more than two million times on Spotify.
Although he named Stylah as the producer of the song, he hasn’t reached out to thank him for being allowed to use it.
Fans of Stylah have slammed Derulo for not giving credit where they say it’s due.
Stylah said although it would be nice for Derulo to get in touch, he’s got more important things to worry about like producing more music. – Katrina Tanirau