Iggy Azalea’s career purgatory entered a new phase last week, when she released “Savior,” featuring Quavo, one-third of the rap group Migos. It sounds like everything else on the radio, so there’s a chance it could be enough to propel her back into the mainstream and finally will her long-delayed second album into existence. There’s also a chance that Dr. Luke—the infamous producer who Kesha accused of extensive sexual, physical, and emotional abuse—contributed to its songwriting and production.
As Spin reports, Dr. Luke’s real name, Lukasz Gottwald, has appeared, in varying degrees, on the song’s credits on streaming platforsm Tidal and Spotify. When one fan noticed it on Tidal, Iggy responded in a now-deleted tweet that it was a mistake. “It’s produced by [Cirkut] and another kid MHL who have production agreements with Luke. Their deals and who they are tied in with business wise in no way make ME ‘working’ with Dr Luke. Try again.” His name is no longer listed on Tidal.
On Spotify, however, he’s still listed as one of 11 songwriters. Spin also inquired if the second producer, who Iggy referred to as “another kid MHL,” and listed as “Manhun Glow” on Spotify, might be an alias for Gottwald—or some other A-list star who wants to maintain anonymity. When you search for the name on Google, nothing comes up. It’s worth noting, too, that many of Dr. Luke’s recent production credits show up alongside Cirkut, who is very much a real producer. And when you move that “G” over to the previous word, it spells out “Manhung Low,” which is a better fit for Iggy’s acronym and an obvious dick joke.
Of course, this is all speculation, but it serves as a critical reminder that Dr. Luke is still very much an active presence in the industry despite some of the most high-profile sexual assault allegations to emerge from the music world. Even if Manhun Glow isn’t a cover for Dr. Luke production, Iggy still notes that they and Cirkut are bound in production agreements to Gottwald, who stands to benefit from the single in some capacity. He may not be the CEO of Kemosabe Records anymore, but the guy’s still likely profiting in the shadows, and that’s a shame.
We’ve reach out to representatives for Iggy Azalea and will update if he hear back.