Chris Brown and will.i.am rip off Arty and Mat Zo
This morning will.i.am and Chris Brown posted their latest collaboration, an EDM-inspired track, Let’s Go. It features a characteristically cheesy rap from the Black Eyed Peas frontman and heavily Autotuned vocal by Brown. The track is designed for the dancefloor and pop charts alike – and it blatantly rips off Arty and Mat Zo’s 2011 track Rebound.
This isn’t the first time Brown has been involved with lifting a dance music artist’s music. His 2010 tune Yeah 3x mimics Calvin Harris’ 2009 single I’m Not Alone so much that some fans thought Harris was involved with the tune. He wasn’t, and the DJ shared some choice words for Brown via Twitter at the time. Case in point: “Stealing is still stealing, doesn’t matter who you are…because Chris Brown is an international celebrity doesn’t make it OK to rip off a guy from UK not many people have heard of.” This time ‘round, Brown has taken to Twitter to defend himself. “I don’t even know who mat zo Or arty is?” he posted in a since-deleted tweet (the screenshot lives on below). “I ain’t got shit to do wit if ur mad or not. Someone asked for a feature on a record and I did it.”
Similarly, will.i.am is also no stranger to plagiarism claims, having been accused of stealing from a long list of artists, including Deadmau5, Boys Noize, Daft Punk and even Adam Freeland. Reps for Zo and Arty confirm that they are not at all involved with Let’s Go and nobody from their label, Anjunabeats, has been asked permission for the use of Rebound – either as an interpolation, sample, or remix. The artists are considering a formal response.
UPDATE: Keeping a cool head about the situation, Mat Zo has taken to his Facebook to school some over-zealous fans who’ve taken things too far. “I really and truly appreciate all the support you are giving me and Arty in response to Will I Am’s copyright infringement,” he wrote. “However, this doesn’t excuse the horrific abuse you’re sending the way of Will I Am and Chris Brown, and it especially doesn’t excuse being racist.”