Shia LaBeouf accused of plagiarism by rap group
Shia LaBeouf is facing plagiarism accusations (again).
Video of LaBeouf freestyle-rapping surfaced this weekend, and someone from rap collective Anomolies pointed out on Instagram that some of the lines he rapped were taken from Anomolies’ 1999 song, “Perfectionist.” “You can’t rip songs from my ANOMOLIES crew, recite them in a freestyle as your own, get credit for it, then not expect to be called out by ACTUAL MCs!” Pri the Honydark, Anomolies’ self-described representative, wrote in the Instagram post.
Toward the end of LaBeouf’s freestyle, he raps, “rare commodity, the quality is what it’s got to be, and my philosophy is much farther than what your eyes can see.” Anomolies’ “Perfectionist” includes those lines, verbatim: “I reckon you want more of that rare commodity, the quality is what it’s got to be, and my philosophy is much farther than what your eyes can see.”
Although there’s no denying LaBeouf ripped those lines from “Perfectionist,” he never explicitly says in the video that what he’s rapping is original—so perhaps it was just intended as a tribute. Either way, compare the two below (LaBeouf starts rapping the line in question at around 2:30; it begins at around :45 in “Perfectionist”).