Will.i.am has been accused of stealing a track from house producers Mat Zo and Arty, for his new single 'Let's Go'.
The song sounds almost identical in parts to 'Rebound', which is a dance track produced by Zo and Arty - despite Arty saying that no one had approached Anjunabeats to use the song. Zo has also pointed out that Will.i.am had approached the pair previously about using the song, but they had declined.
Arty wrote on Twitter, "They never cleared rights through Anjunabeats, who's only one label, who ownes the rights for 'Rebound'."
Chris Brown features on the Will.i.am track, and also defended himself over Twitter. The singer posted a series of tweets, saying, "I don't even know who mat zo Or arty is? I ain't got s**t to do wit if ur mad or not. Someone asked for a feature on a record and I did it."
He later deleted that tweet, but kept the follow-up of, "I don't listen to that s**t half the time anyway. #X"
Zo addressed the issue on his Facebook account, writing, "(I'm really glad I deleted my Twitter account so that I'm not inclined to say what I'm about to say in under 140 characters)
"I really and truely appreciate all the support you are giving me and Arty in response to Will I Am's copyright infringement. However, this doesnt excuse the horrific abuse youre sending the way of Will I Am and Chris Brown, and it especially doesnt excuse being racist."
Chris Brown apparently doesn't listen to the 's**t' he features on half the time
He continued, "You dont need to defend me or Arty. Producers often wait their whole careers for a commercial act to f**k up and sample their track without asking permission. Arty and I are not bitter about this, more surprised. We knew Will I Am was interested in this track, but we declined working with him at the time.
"To conclude, perhaps it is better to invest your energy into supporting 'Rebound' instead of spewing s**t at Will I Am and Chris Brown."
The interest in the track has paid off for Arty and Mat Zo, however, with 'Rebound' set to score the duo their first ever UK chart hit this week.
Listen to the two tracks below
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