Vinylz and Boi-1da's production sounds similar to Florida beatsmith Foreign Teck's instrumentation for Bryson Tiller's ballad, "Exchange
." Upon release of the 4 Your Eyez Only
album, there was some controversy as to whom really made the "Exchange" beat first. Vinylz accused Foreign Teck of jacking their beat, explaining that Cole's track was recorded before Tiller's, and that after he sent the Florida producer a video of him making the instrumentation to "Deja Vu," Teck posted on Instagram not long after a beat with the same drums.
Vinylz also alleged that Foreign Teck reverse engineered his beat, gave it to Tiller and then tried to cover it up by allegedly offering Boi-1da and Vinylz publishing on Tiller's tune.
In response, Teck accused Boi-1da and Vinylz of being petty. "Got more money than me, wayyyy more placements than me and still come for me on a daily. yall the definition of petty lol," he tweeted.
J. Cole's manager, Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad addressed the controversy over the beat during an interview with Billboard magazine. He explained the song was initially made for Cole's 2104 Forest Hills Drive
album, but ended up saving it and using it on 4 Your Eyez Only
"I wouldn't say there was any hesitation because I felt like it's just two totally different songs," Hamad said of the beat. "We had already made 'Déjà Vu,' like that song was literally made for his last album and we just knew it would fit better because of the story he wanted to tell on the album."
"Cole had already made the song, so when Bryson's album came out and we heard it, it was a feeling like, 'Damn, he used the same sample;" he continued. "But to Cole, it don't matter. He's not competing with Bryson. What Bryson's song did was incredible, and to Cole, it was like, 'It's a part of the story I want to tell, so I'm gonna use [the beat].' We didn't really know the backstory at the time of what happened with Vinylz and Boi1da and [ForeignTeck] who made the beat. That was none of our concern."