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Kendrick Lamar Accused Of Stealing From African Artist

By HHL JT

When British-Liberian artist Iris Viktor saw the video for the Kendrick Lamar and Sza Black Panther track "All The Stars", she noticed something familiar.

Vicktor believes the video's directors -- Kendrick Lamar, Dave Free and Dave Meyers -- used replicated versions of her work in the background without her permission. She also said that she had previously declined Marvels' offers to have her original work featured in Black Panther

The alleged intellectual theft comes at the 2:59 mark of the video.

The golden artwork does bear a resemblance to Vicktor's "Constellations" artwork:

 

Victor noted the irony of Kendrick and Marvel taking her art in support of Black Panther, a movie about Africa.

"Why would they do this? It’s an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that it’s about black empowerment, African excellence," Viktor told the New York Times. "That’s the whole concept of the story. And at the same time they’re stealing from African artists.”

Victor's lawyer has contacted TDE and the Black Panther producers and plans on filing a lawsuit. 

What do you think? Is this theft?

Lamar hasn't commented on the allegations. 

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