When the courts ruled in favor of Marvin Gaye’s family in the infamous “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, we knew that it would only be a matter of time before an outpouring of artists and producers alike came forward with similar claims. Our predictions were correct.
Popular 90s and early 2000s producer Jermaine Dupri recently spoke to the Associated Press about the $7.4 million payout and expressed that he understands both sides of the case.
“My first time hearing it [‘Blurred Lines’], I was like, ‘This might be a problem.’ I kind of felt like that,” the 42-year-old said. “Them going to court was really more shocking than anything.”
He went on to claim that he believes some of his own work has been ripped off. An example of this is Ciara’s new breakup track, “I Bet.”
“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad.’ I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things,” he said.
According to JD, the similarities may not be as obvious as those in “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up,” but he still believes his work was stolen.
“It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”
Apparently, songwriter and producer Bryan-Michael Cox, who worked with Dupri on the 2001 smash hit, believes there are obvious similarities as well. At least according to JD he does. Oh yeah, and while we’re discussing track-jacking, the SoSo Def founder also thinks “I Bet” sounds similar to Tamia’s “Still,” which he also worked on. JD, however, says that CiCi doesn’t have to worry about a million dollar lawsuit; he and Cox simply want credit. They have plans to contact the song’s producers.
Personally, I think he’s reaching, but I guess the melodies are slightly similar. Check the tracks below and let us know what you think.
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