Published Oct 02, 2018The Black Eyed Peas and Will.i.am have built themselves quite the history of plagiarism accusations these past few years, and the latest against the group comes from Lone and R&S Records.
Today, the storied electronic label pointed out on Twitter that the Peas' recently released "Constant Part 1 & 2" samples a section of Lone's "Airglow Fires" without permission. "Sound familiar?," they asked, before calling BEP "total ripoff merchants."
Speaking with Resident Advisor, an R&S spokesperson said, "no one from The Black Eyed Peas or their label has contacted R&S or Warp Publishing." Lone added his own two cents on Twitter, writing "black eyed me's."
"I was actually made aware of the tune a few weeks back when my manager sent me a link to the video," Lone told RA in an email. "Needless to say it put me off my breakfast... I mean, you've gotta laugh really, but that's a total rip-off, no question."
"Airglow Fires" was initially released as a single in 2013 before appearing on Lone's 2014 LP Reality Testing. He's recently been rolling out tracks from a fourth Ambivert Tools EP set to arrive October 12.
You can compare the two tracks for yourself in the players below, with the sample in question appearing at 2:41 in the BEP video.
Sound familiar?https://t.co/1DqW6uRYoV— R&S Records (@randsrecords) October 2, 2018
black eyed me's https://t.co/BJxDscplxe— Lone (@Lone) October 2, 2018