The video for Kendrick Lamar and SZA's collaboration 'All The Stars' has been accused of plagiarism.
The track features on the Black Panther soundtrack, and pits Kendrick against the force of nature that is SZA.
An electric moment on the soundtrack, the video has been accused of lifting the work of British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor without permission.
New York Times reports that the artist was approached by representatives from Marvel about using imagery from her Constellations series, but she ultimately declined.
However the finished video features artwork in a strikingly similar vein, able to view from 2:59 onwards.
Viktor told the New York Times: "It’s an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that it’s about black empowerment, African excellence—that’s the whole concept of the story. And at the same time they’re stealing from African artists."
The artist is asking for a full apology and a license fee.
A few hours before the story broke Kendrick Lamar issued a statement about the soundtrack, thanking the artists and producers involved:
Black Panther— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) February 11, 2018
Respect to all the artist/producers that allowed me to execute a sound for the soundtrack.
The concept of producing and composing a project other than my own has always been ideal
I appreciate the experience love ones
Continue to be great
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