Legendary Spanish painter Pablo Picasso once said “good artists borrow, great artists steal” which is more relevant now in today’s culture vulture-plagued society than ever before.
Here are ten artists who stole ideas and never gave credit. Take a look.
There’s no denying Queen Beysus’ impact on Pop culture. She made lacefronts, onesies and shimmery stockings pop. But she’s also a notorious wave stealer who strong-arms ideas from “lessers.” Costumes, hair styles, whole dance routines and songs—you name it, Bey Bey probably
stole “borrowed” it.
Soooooo the greatest entertainer ever didn’t invent the moonwalk and learned the iconic move from kids in Harlem/Soul Train dancers? It’s true, even though he’s credited as the originator of the dance.
He’s easily the greatest rapper not named Christopher (or Tupac, in many minds) who not-so-humbly molded the rap styles, personas and names of other artists (Big L, Kane, Biggie & Jaz-O) into his own while Hip-Hop looked the other way.
There are two types of music heads: Those who believe King Yeezus is a genius and those who know where he borrowed all his brilliant ideas from.
His flow: Consequence. His production style: No I.D. His “breathtaking” mini-movie/”Runaway” video: All Stanley Kubrick (“Clockwork Orange”). Google it.
Before Eminem, Macklemore and other great white over-hypes, there was Vanilla Ice who straight-up stole the “Ice Ice Baby” bass line from Queen’s “Under Pressure” and famously broke down how they were “different” (but not really). Classic.
The wealthy mogul Diddy-bopped to half a billi in earnings by stealing songs from struggling artists, strong-arming songwriting/production credits and exploiting his own artists. “Produced by
Diddy” = produced by Stevie J. Yes, THAT Steebie J.
A) The N.O. has been twerking since the late ’80s. B) The Ying Yang Twins dropped “Whistle While You Twurk” 13 years ago. But somehow the boyish-built struggle twerktress was given credit for starting the “wild new dance craze” that lead to “twerk” being added to the Oxford Dictionary. SMH.
Everyone knows the balloon-booty bimbo stole her entire identity from Lil Kim, Left Eye and Missy but we doubt she’ll ever acknowledge this and pay proper homage.
Travis Porter had the streets on fire with their version of “All The Way Turned Up.” And then the Roscoe Feat. Soulja Boy version popped up with an official video. Both sides beefed for months over the hit record that originally appeared on Travis Porter’s mixtape.
What came first “Whoot, there it is” or “Whoomp, there it is?” Well, “WHOOT” dropped first but “WHOOMP” was the bigger hit. For years, song theft accusations flew with no official explanation of why both versions dropped at (basically) the same time.