Black Eyed Plagiarists?
2009-07-08 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 37 Comments

A collective gasp of amazement swept the music world today as it was alleged Black Eyed Pea-In-Chief will.i.am may not be the most original musician in the world.

The source of the allegation in question is electronic musician Freeland (real name: Adam Freeland), who noticed an odd similarity between a 2008 composition of his entitled 'Mancry' (featuring one Tommy Lee on drums) and a track from the new Black Eyed Peas album The E.N.D., entitled 'Party All The Time.'

More specifically, more than one source has put it forward that the Peas straight up sampled 'Mancry' and added their own vocals to the track. The Daily Swarm demands that listeners "check out Lee’s drums as a focal point of the track." Freeland himself has also become involved, tweeting" "Listen to our song 'Mancry'. Now listen to Black Eyed Peas 'Party all the time' WTF!"

WTF indeed. Perez Hilton points out that will.i.am was reportedly in attendance at an event last year where he could have heard the song, while the Swarm has confirmed that legal representatives from the two parties have been in contact with one another.

In the meantime, take a listen to a short (and, we have to say, fairly incriminating) comparison of 'Mancry' and 'Party All The Time'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbJ5kHfIhC4

Update: In an interview with the Times of Malta (Party All the Times of Malta?), will.i.am revealed that it's not a case of plagiarism, that the band's manager had offered them the beat and the legalities had not been finalised when the record hit stores.

Said Will: "It was a lack of finalising legalities before releasing the record, clearance was not done and that was what it was about."

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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2009

7021 Comments


Perez Hilton wants to get back at will.i.am because of the attack incident lol

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MassiveAttack
July 8th 2009

2688 Comments


Can't get any closer then that!

SuperDuck
July 8th 2009

327 Comments


This isn't news

Also Perez Hilton is a fucking douchebag

Titan50
July 8th 2009

4588 Comments


If Perez Hilton's involved, idc

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 8th 2009

4926 Comments


lol

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Ire
July 8th 2009

41749 Comments


Correction, If any Hilton is involved.

Shrapnel94
July 8th 2009

2213 Comments


what silly people

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2009

15727 Comments


oh jeez

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PuddlesPuddles
July 8th 2009

4767 Comments


Hilton is mad bc the BEP manager gave him that boom boom pow

itachi1452
July 8th 2009

366 Comments


eh, not to defend the peas, but that synth background was pretty damn generic to begin with. I doubt it was an original freeland creation.

Phantom
July 8th 2009

8930 Comments


generic or not, I smell a lawsuit a coming.

Blacktusk
July 8th 2009

19 Comments


That video clip comparison is pretty damning.

Poet
July 8th 2009

5920 Comments


lol the BEP version doesn't even change chords. It's one chord held down for the entire time. There's really no plagiarism involved

poweroftheweez
July 8th 2009

1290 Comments


listen to it again poet, it definitely does. same chords, same timing and everything.

Poet
July 8th 2009

5920 Comments


I don't hear that little chord change that happens at :20 in the BEP song though. Maybe the vocals are covering it up, but idk.

shindip
July 8th 2009

3536 Comments


Pretty similar...

ninjuice
July 8th 2009

6761 Comments


A collective gasp of amazement swept the music world today as it was alleged Black Eyed Pea-In-Chief will.i.am may not be the most original musician in the world.

Hahaha nice.

It sounds like they took the Freeland song and just recorded vocals over it.

Phantom
July 8th 2009

8930 Comments


The vocals change with the chord changes, so they did at least try to cover it up a little, lol.

Fxxkit13
July 8th 2009

1559 Comments


will.i.am got burned

SmurkinGherkin
July 8th 2009

1769 Comments


it's identicle

Chewie
July 8th 2009

4531 Comments


oh jeez


OH GEEZ

AppliedScience
July 8th 2009

13 Comments


could be plagiarism... and i'm sure perez hilton's main concern is artistic integrity.

What a poor excuse for a person.

Satellite
July 8th 2009

20687 Comments


It's definitely a complete rip-off, but plagiarism suits are always difficult to win in court if you're the plaintiff.

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hykudos
July 8th 2009

458 Comments


most interesting thing was post title tbh

and yeah, it's blatantly a ripoff

BSX
July 8th 2009

1633 Comments


Fergie is the only reason I care about the BEP. . . she should stay solo and teach us how to spell more big words!

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hykudos
July 8th 2009

458 Comments


well to be honest i missed the 2nd chord change as well the first listen cus of the vocals, but its there

DonTheReader
July 8th 2009

121 Comments


Eff Will.I.Am and the rest of BEP, his beats suck and their music is atrocious

xKERBYx
July 8th 2009

115 Comments


perez hilton, ha

YouAreMySilence
July 8th 2009

3727 Comments


Idk if I would consider this plagiarism because then it would be saying like 80% of low fi ambient artists are and I doubt with the kind of attitude Adam Freeland seems to have that there will be a law suit.
Hopefully this does humble Will i am a bit.

Shrapnel94
July 8th 2009

2213 Comments


Hah the lyrics to the BEP song are awful

AnotherBrick
July 9th 2009

9770 Comments


haha

PuddlesPuddles
July 9th 2009

4767 Comments


song doesnt really make me want to party all the time

more like synth and steal all the time

ABurton
July 9th 2009

137 Comments


i cant believe either of those can even be called music, let alone plagiarism. its three freaking chords, and yes! OMG! they both found the same exact garageBand sample to play it with! big whoop, both songs blow, but atleast black eyed peas bothered putting something over the worst most basic line in any song, which blows just as hard...

Hollow
July 9th 2009

263 Comments


It must be a bad song anyway

SylentEcho
July 9th 2009

1570 Comments


Perez Hilton should really just die already.

bloc
July 9th 2009

34679 Comments


YES! cut the head off the wicked beast!

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Douchebag
July 9th 2009

3624 Comments


Shit music is still shit.
but yeah, it's a rip off.



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