Will.i.am finally decided to comment on the plagiarism accusations for which he was accused when he recently published the song “Let’s Go”, which used the tonal structure and hook from the 2011 track Rebound, signed by Arty and Mat Zo.
If you don’t have the time to watch the video, here are the key quotes from Will.i.am:
…What do I know? I give it to legal, I’m not an attorney. I did my piece. I gave credit to the person who did it. It’s not my fault he didn’t tell me about the other guy. So who’s to blame? I didn’t know, I wasn’t in the room when you made it. You should’ve told me you had a collaborator.
That happens a bunch of times. Where legal takes so long but creative is instantaneous… And a lot of times, the community, for the sake of the art, bond with each other.
So, it’s either the fault of his legal team or Arty, who didn’t even tell him about “the other guy”. Figures.