Toronto Rapper KILLY Claims Kanye West Used Lyrics from His Demo on 'VULTURES 1'

The lyrics from his 2020 demo are identical to a new Ye song

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Feb 20, 2024

Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign's collaborative project VULTURES 1 came out last week after a bumpy rollout — potentially due to a disallowed sample of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" or, I dunno, the rampant antisemitism — and now, KILLY is claiming that one of the songs was initially his. 

The Toronto rapper best known for late-2010s hits like "Killamonjaro" and "No Sad No Bad" posted a video on TikTok this weekend comparing a snippet of his unreleased demo from 2020 to VULTURES 1's "BEG FORGIVENESS," and the lyrics are identical.

On an early verse in "BEG FORGIVENESS," Kanye raps, "Fuck it up one time / I know what you want / I'm reading the signs / Don't let your moment pass you by," which is the exact same sequence used on KILLY's demo.

KILLY did clarify that Kanye's writer — most likely Quentin Miller — sent him the track, and they made it together, so there doesn't seem to be any bad blood or pending lawsuits, despite several fans calling for him to sue on social media. He also captioned the post, "Ye's a goat, he knows good music when he hears it."

Check out the direct comparison between Killy's demo and "Beg Forgiveness" below.

@killy Ye’s a goat, he knows good music when he hears it… #killy #kanye #tydollasign #vultures1 ♬ original sound - KILLY🪬

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