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Denmark, Copenhagen - May 19, 2019. The South African electronic musician, DJ and record producer DJ Lag performs a live concert during Click Festival 2019 in Elsinore.

will.i.am Apologises for Plagiarising DJ Lag's Beats on 'Culture' Song

American producer will.i.am has apologised for plagiarising DJ Lag's beats on Megan Ryte's single 'Culture'. DJ Lag has refused to acknowledge the apology.

Update 27/11: American producer and Black Eyed Peas front member, will.i.am, has reportedly responded to the controversy surrounding Megan Ryte's single "Culture". This comes after South African Black Twitter dragged the artist for plagiarising DJ Lag's "Ice Drop". According to News24, will.i.am released a shallow apology yesterday for failing to credit DJ Lag. Ironically, the apology is directed at Ryte not the South African artist. DJ Lag has reportedly refused to accept the apology. South African Black Twitter has, of course, demanded that will.i.am remunerate DJ Lag.


The one-minute video apology was posted on will.i.am's Twitter and Instagram this past Thursday. will.i.am admits that he is at fault for not crediting DJ Lag because he was responsible for the credit submission and somehow "forgot" to mention that the beat was not his. He additionally stated that Ryte should not receive any "hate" for the "error". will.i.am went on to say that DJ Lag, an international and Grammy-nominated South African DJ has an "awesome future ahead."


DJ Lag commented on will.i.am's apology saying, "The apology was not directed at me so I don't have to comment on that." He added, "But I can confirm that I was not approached by will.i.am or Megan for the use of my track before our Twitter brought it to trial."

This is not the first accusation the The Black Eyed Peas front man has faced from a South African artist. In 2015, TimesLIVE reported that will.i.am was caught up in a copyright infringement case with South African rapper Toya Delazy. Delazy had released the single "Dreamer" in October of 2014 . A few weeks later, will.i.am then released a track titled "Dreamin' About The Future" the following month. Not only did the two tracks sound similar but will.i.am bagged a Lexus advert with the plagiarised song. Delazy also took to Twitter to comment on the "Culture" case.

According to News24, DJ Lag's recording manager, Sevi Spanoudi, confirmed that neither Ryte or will.i.am requested permission for using "Ice Drop". Ryte has yet to issue a formal response or apology in her own capacity. The "Culture" music video has since been pulled from the Hot 97 DJ's YouTube page.

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American DJ Megan Ryte has been accused of stealing beats from prominent South African gqom artist, DJ Lag, according to IOL. This comes after Ryte released her new song "Culture" featuring will.i.am and A$AP Ferg. Accusations gained traction this past Wednesday after many South African fans compared "Culture" to DJ Lag's "Ice drop" which was released in 2016 from his self-titled EP. Many more have also remarked on the apparent similarities in the music video as well and going on to further accuse Ryte of not only stealing the song's beat but also the video concept itself. DJ Lag responded to Ryte's "Culture" Twitter post with his "Ice Drop" music video which was released back in 2017.

READ: Meet DJ Lag, the 21-Year-Old Producer Taking Gqom to a Higher Place

Ryte announced the release of the "Culture" visuals on November 20th of this year. According to Revolt, the song (ironically) is about preserving and protecting Black culture from cultural appropriation. The music video is strikingly black and white with drone shots of the DJ on top of a building. On the other hand, DJ Lag's "Ice Drop" music video also has drone shots of dancers on a roof top.

Below are the two music videos for comparison purposes:

DJ Megan Ryte - Culture ft. will.i.am & A$AP Ferg (Official Video) www.youtube.com


DJ Lag - 'Ice Drop' (Official Video) www.youtube.com

Some Black South Africans have referenced famed American feminist theorist, bell hooks, to point out Ryte's cultural appropriation. Black Twitter, on the other hand, has not held back from blatantly calling her a "thief". South Africans have rallied behind DJ Lag by flooding the comment section under the "Culture" video on YouTube causing the artist to disable the comments. The number of dislikes under the video has risen exponentially above Ryte's actual number of subscribers. Complaints about the song have also been directed to Hot 97, the radio station where Ryte works.

According to Hot New Hip Hop, it is difficult to discern when beats are stolen considering "the finite number of possible chord progressions and melodic ideas, some cases are a little more clear than others - especially when the court of public opinion is out for blood". Admittedly, Ryte's silence is questionable considering that DJ Lag is an international artist who has played sets all over Europe.

South Africans are demanding that DJ Lag be credited and paid if the allegations are proven true. Take a look at some of their reactions below.






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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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