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Kendrick Lamar & SZA Accused Of Stealing Artwork In "All The Stars"

"They’re stealing from African artists.”

(AllHipHop News) The "All The Stars" music video by Kendrick Lamar and SZA has collected over 10 million views in just six days. The visuals off Black Panther The Album appear to be popular with YouTube users, but there is someone that's accusing the Top Dawg Entertainment stars of copying her work.

One scene in "All The Stars" seems similar to Lina Iris Viktor's “Constellations" series. Her lawyer, Christopher Robinson, claimed filmmakers sought permission to use her work in Black Panther but she declined.

"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.”

Directors Kendrick Lamar, Dave Free, and Dave Meyers apparently recreated the images instead of using the British-Liberian artist's actual 24-K gold paintings. In a letter to TDE CEO Anthony Tiffith, Robinson wrote, “The infringement of Ms. Viktor’s rights is willful and egregious."

Tiffith, Lamar, Meyers, Marvel Studios, and Walt Disney Studios have not publicly commented on the accusations. Black Panther The Album arrived on February 9, and the project is on pace to move 110,000 - 120,000 units in its first week of release.

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