SOHH Whatcha Think: Did Rihanna Steal The Concept Of Her New Video + ANOTHER Rapper Gets A Reality Show?!? [Click Here & Speak]
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 9:04AM
You know, Hip Hop and R&B have always been "inspired" other forms of art. Tupac's "California Love" was an obvious ode to the Mad Max film series while Lil Wayne's Carter III album cover was clearly a tribute to the autobiography of America's 39th President.
See what I mean.
So is it really stealing if an artist like Rihanna incorporates something she finds cool into her own video? Well she's been sued for doing just that before, and now it seems her "You Da One" video is catching heat from a photographer named Solve Sundsbo.
It was just months ago that Rihanna settled a lawsuit out of court after famed photographer Dave LaChapelle sued the singer for stealing and copying his work in her music video for 'S&M.' Now RiRi's under fire yet again for her latest music video, 'You Da One' directed by Melina Matsoukas. It's pretty obvious that many of the scenes were influenced by 'A Clockwork Orange' but now a fashion photographer by the name of Solve Sundsbo claims Rihanna blatantly stole concepts of the video from his '2008 Numero 93? collection photo shoot.(Necole Bitchie)
Check out a comparison of Ri-Ri's vid and the original artwork below:
SOHH is it theft of the sincerest for of flattery? Let us know.
In other news, the rap world has lost yet another artist to reality television. That's right, beginning next year, rapper/faux gospel singer Cee-Lo Green will be
selling his soul starring in his own show, called Cee-Lo Takes the UK.
Coming off of one of his most successful years to date, Cee Lo Green has big plans for 2012. During an interview with the NY Times (via HipHopwired), he said that while backstage during the final episode of "The Voice," the "Forget You" singer inked a deal with Mark Burnett for a reality show on British television titled Cee Lo Takes the U.K. The show follows Goodie Mob as they record their reunion album in London, England.(Hip Hop DX)
For the record, I hate most reality shows. As a matter of fact, the only one I liked was DMX's show from several years back, called DMX: Soul of Man. If you never saw it, it was basically DMX riding around the Arizona desert, bustin' guns, smoking cigs and seeking counsel from his neighbor. SOHH Watcha Think -- Does the world need yet ANOTHER rapper reality show?
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