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Gay Rapper Le1f Unimpressed With Macklemore's VMA Success, Accuses Him Of Plagiarism: VIDEO

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Last year Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released the song "Same Love," a rap about legalizing same-sex marriage. At the 2013 Video Music Awards, Macklemore took home two awards for the song and video: Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Video With a Social Message.

Le1fIn response, New York-based gay rapper and producer Le1f took to twitter to lambast the duo for, essentially, being straight white men who were awarded for writing a song about gay interracial love while he and other gay artists have gone ignored. The tweets also contained veiled accusations of greed, evil, and that gay teens come out to Bjork concerts, not Macklemore vids. Le1f further claims that Macklemore ripped off one of his songs, and though he doesn't specify in his tweets, Out.com suspects that he's saying that Macklemore stole the hook from Le1f's "Wut" to use in "Thrift Shop," and the site provides both music videos for comparison.

The tweets have since been deleted, but nothing on the internet ever truly vanishes.

The two videos, "Wut" and "Thrift Shop", AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Jealous much?? lol I see no similarity other than the use of the word WUT. Really?

    Posted by: Glen | Aug 28, 2013 9:51:32 AM


  2. Pathetic. Next...

    Posted by: jason | Aug 28, 2013 9:53:35 AM


  3. Actually, while "Same Love" did win the Best Video With A Social Message, it did NOT win Best Hip Hop video - that went to their "Can't Hold Us."

    Posted by: jeffreychrist | Aug 28, 2013 9:55:18 AM


  4. He IS right that TRUE victory will come when an out, black rapper like himself tops the Hot 100. Culturally, we're a few decades away from that actually happening. Shooting down allies in a bitter tantrum to make that point though does not advance the cause, and if anything makes things worse.

    Posted by: Leo | Aug 28, 2013 10:00:09 AM


  5. He must have been frustrated. Probably why he deleted them after. The two songs do sound similar. Le1f should be more famous because his songs are awesome. But being a black gay rapper will always be a uphill battle for him. I'd rather see him twerk at the VMAs though rather than Hannah Montana.

    Posted by: Tonez | Aug 28, 2013 10:05:37 AM


  6. Desperate for attention.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Aug 28, 2013 10:06:23 AM


  7. The influence is clear.

    But - has Le1f heard of hip hop? Producers borrow/steal beats and hooks, it's a thing.

    Macklemore's song puts the hook front and center, while Le1f's buries it, not a recipe for radio success.

    Posted by: distinguetraces | Aug 28, 2013 10:07:40 AM


  8. I read an interesting opinion by a black music critic calling the MTV show a "Mintrel Act, 2013" where artists like this and Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus and Justin Timerlake are lauded for appropriating black music and the black artists sit in their seats and get nothing. If "One Direction" did a hip-hop single, it probably would have been named "Best". I'm sure that will be controversial, but I agreed with it. I can see why that person and this person are pissed.

    Posted by: MIke | Aug 28, 2013 10:11:54 AM


  9. "Minstrel Act, 2013"

    Posted by: MIke | Aug 28, 2013 10:12:18 AM


  10. poor Le1f, you are amazing! Also YOU SHOULD BE DOING A DUO WITH MACKLEMORE. God that would be awesome. Throw in a little big freedia and you have yourself a massive summer jam.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 28, 2013 10:13:23 AM


  11. Hater.

    Posted by: RJ S | Aug 28, 2013 10:20:09 AM


  12. White people stealing from black culture and making money off of it, nothing new here, move along folks.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Aug 28, 2013 10:20:30 AM


  13. Rappers whining about having their material plagiarized or 'sampled'? Seriously?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 28, 2013 10:27:38 AM


  14. Well, that's not what a minstrel act is so the comparison is wrong.

    That said, white artists appropriating black culture is a time-honored tradition in American music history that goes all the way back to Elvis and probably further.

    But I gotta disagree that black artists went unnoticed. Most pop records today are the result of interracial collaborations... see Robin Thicke, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, etc, etc, etc. The producers or guest artists on all those records are just as deserving regardless of whether they took to the stage to receive a moon man.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 28, 2013 10:37:33 AM


  15. The difference is that Le1f's song is unlistenaly horrible.

    Also, "Thrift Shop" isn't even the video that's being discussed. "Same Love" is the song, which sounds nothing like anything Le1f has ever put out.

    And if Le1f thinks he at all invented that old school beat he has about 30 years of hip-hop history to answer to.

    Seriously, Macklemore won because his song is better than yours... then again, a cat food jingle is better than Le1f's garbage.

    Posted by: Zydrate | Aug 28, 2013 10:45:18 AM


  16. White people can't rap, but black people can sing anything they want? That makes a ton of sense.

    Posted by: Francisco | Aug 28, 2013 10:48:29 AM


  17. Much ado about nothing.

    Seriously, in the words of Ms. Pelosi "who cares"?

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 28, 2013 10:48:40 AM


  18. Oh come off it! Artist steal or better put, build off each other all the time from Michael Jackson to Tolkien. This attention whore is just jealous he didn't create a catchy and moving song like Macklemore did.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Aug 28, 2013 11:12:28 AM


  19. What's with the "Fiances" at the VMA's?...is the gay heat too much for them???.

    Posted by: Ankerich | Aug 28, 2013 11:14:16 AM


  20. "I read an interesting opinion by a black music critic calling the MTV show a "Mintrel Act, 2013" where artists like this and Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus and Justin Timerlake are lauded for appropriating black music and the black artists sit in their seats and get nothing. If "One Direction" did a hip-hop single, it probably would have been named "Best". I'm sure that will be controversial, but I agreed with it. I can see why that person and this person are pissed."

    @Mike, that music critic would be correct.

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 28, 2013 11:30:31 AM


  21. "The producers or guest artists on all those records are just as deserving regardless of whether they took to the stage to receive a moon man."

    They're all deserving, but they're not the faces getting those awards. Mike's comments from the music critic are correct. Telling blacks that it's fine to sit in the back ;) and let their betters be the faces associated with the music blacks create (or help create) is too much like Paula Deen stealing recipes from her black 'friends' and presenting them as her own. It's a time-honored tradition. And it's wrong.

    Leif also has a point about two straight (I still don't believe they're straight, but) white boys being awarded while gay acts are ignored.

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 28, 2013 11:34:14 AM


  22. "Much ado about nothing. Seriously, in the words of Ms. Pelosi "who cares"?"

    @ Johnny, you should.

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 28, 2013 11:35:03 AM


  23. WOW. you def see why he'd be frustrated, the beat/sound/authenticity. Macklemore's song rocks, we were all riffing to it months ago. But you can tell how it's derivative of the bounce sound, and why poor Le1f would feel left out.

    Posted by: shane | Aug 28, 2013 11:51:18 AM


  24. Sorry UFFDA/ZETA, but you are factually incorrect. Ray Dalton was on the stage accepting the award with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Pharell and Nile Rodgers appeared on stage with Daft Punk. Timberland almost always appears in Justin Timberlake's video or on stage performing with him; likewise, Rick Rubin has appeared in Jay Z's videos.

    This is not a case of whites stealing from black artists like in the early days of rock music. It's a very evident collaboration.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 28, 2013 11:57:40 AM


  25. Soooo over Macklemore's cultural appropriation and terribly written music. It's one thing to have white racists lining up to give him a rimjob for being so deep and unlike black rappers when he's not, but I can't believe how many gay people buy into his crap too.

    Posted by: JMC | Aug 28, 2013 12:10:38 PM


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