Will he play ‘victim’ again? Willy Paul Steals again!
Earlier this year, Sam Smith payed Tom Petty royalties for the hit ‘stay with me’ . This is because the song resembled the latter’s ‘wont back down’ . On March 11, Blurred lines duo Robin Thickle and Pharel Williams were ordered to pay upto $7.4 Million to Marvin Gaye’s family for plagiarizing his song ‘Got to give it up’
Thats not why I’m writing this post, but its a great foundation to build on.
Most if not all mordern artists attribute the source of inspiration being other great artists. but sometimes there are some who have been accused of taking way too much. Such is one of our own, Willy Paul. Depending on who you ask, Willy Paul is quite the gospel artist or a total slap in the face of everything gospel music stands for. Either way, what we are sure about is that this lad loves to steal.
In December last year, the artist dedicated his song Mama, to his ill mother and to fans who kept his family in their prayers. I guess the gravity of the situation blinded most poeple to the realization of just how much aspects of the song were a complete replica of Rihanna’s Rehab. Listen here
Continuing with his eternal cycle of legitimate theft, has a new single out, dubbed Vigelegele. It should however have been called the Check and Balance remix. This is because everyhing from the sound to the video script seems to be adopted from the song check and balance, initially released by Burna Boy.
Listen to the two songs and be the judge…
Willy Paul’s Vigelegele
Burna Boy’s Check and Balance
While I’m on the same topic its worth mentioning that Elani also fall into the long list of acts whose originality has been called into question. Their track Nikupende is sounds like the Kenyan version of Tiwa savage’s Olorun Mi.
Back to my foundation, There is a thin line between using someone’s song as inspiration and out-rightly ripping them off. Plagiarism might be pervasive in the in the industry (even internationally) that does not make it acceptable in any way. Artists who do so should be held accountable just like the ‘blurred lines’ stars. Our artists should not be an exception just because of the absence of laws or plain ignorance towards them.
Jesus did not die for us to listen to stolen music. besides, what does it say about our music internationally?
Anyways, if you have no plan to rescue your Saturday hangover this Easter weekend, come down to Tree House Club Nairobi and take a chance on slick-sounding ORIGINAL Kenyan Music. Its #MicRobberyII (Click on the poster for tickets)