R&B singer Ne-Yo is catching some heat heading into the weekend over allegedly jacking the same cover art of a New York hip-hop artist for his upcoming R.E.D. album.
According to New York rapper Donny Goines, Ne-Yo appears to have stolen his cover idea from his own Exorcism Exodus artwork.
“Yooooooo @NeYoCompound Why are you ripping off my cover bro? That anit it. You got enough money, can’t your team create their own ideas?,” he tweeted October 18th.
“Neyo @NeYoCompound Fair Warning. Change your cover or I’m bombing you. R&B n!ggas can get it too.”
“I bet you @NeYoCompound thinks I’m playing. [email protected] Contact me. Let’s talk like men. Maybe it’s a misunderstanding…”
“If not, I’m gonna take it as plagiarism. Don’t worry, no lawsuits though @NeYoCompound I’m just going to embarrass you on a record is all.” (Donny Goines’ Twitter)
Despite Goines’ claims, Ne-Yo has promised to address album-related questions tonight.
“Want to know about the new album? I’m talking it tonight. 7pm est! Come chat with me on @Ustream http://ustream.tv/Neyo” (Ne-Yo’s Twitter)
Back in May, the singer addressed negative feedback from him using the same title as rapper Game’s 2011 album.
R&B megastar Ne-Yo says he’s NOT GUILTY of stealing the title of his upcoming album R.E.D. from The Game … even though Game released his R.E.D. album last year. “No … I don’t feel like I ripped off The Game’s album,” Ne-Yo told us at LAX … insisting he carefully selected the name of his album (which stands for Realizing Every Dream) because he felt it had a good fit … not because he was trying to copy the rapper. FYI — Game’s R.E.D. album debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. “Until The Game comes up to me and says he has a problem with it, I don’t care what people think.” … Ne-Yo said. He also points out that he’s not the first artist to inadvertently use another artist’s album title — “Jay-Z did The Blueprint and so did KRS-One.” (TMZ)
A month prior, Game admitted he got caught off-guard by Ne-Yo’s album.
So what does Game think of Ne-Yo jacking his album title? He doesn’t quite understand the renaming, but having worked with the crooner before, seemingly accepts it. “I dont know what that’s about, but I’ve always known Ne-Yo to be a cool dude, so I’m pretty sure he got his reasoning,” Game told XXLMag.com. “More power to the lil’ homie.” Ne-Yo explains that his R.E.D. acronym stands for “Realizing Every Dream,” in contrary to Game’s definition of R.E.D., which stood for rededicated. (XXL Mag)
Check out the album cover comparisons below: