Fans were however, quick to point out the similarity between the song and Tiwa Savage‘s version titled ‘Before Nko’, a track in her 2015 album R.E.D.
Ciara has taken to Twitter to admit it was a sample giving due credit to Tiwa Savage for the song.
“Shout out to @TiwaSavage on the inspiration and sample used in #FreakMe! She’s a beast! I fell in love with the melody when I first heard it in Africa 3 years ago ❤️💃🏽. So good. #AfroWave,” she wrote.
— Ciara (@ciara) August 10, 2018
A look at both Tiwa’s version and Ciara’s confirms the clear sampling..
Tiwa Savage’s Before Nko:
Ciara’s Freak Me: