KENDRICK LAMAR: Accused of Being a Copycat


Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 5" has received plenty of love from his fans, especially for the video that shows him morphing into Kanye WestNipsey Hussle, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, OJ Simpson and Jussie Smollett.  But the deepfake technology used to make the transitions in the video isn't an entirely new concept. New Jersey rapper AK posted a video on social media accusing Kendrick of stealing his idea for the video. AK released the clip for his own song "Family Tree" back in September 2020, and it uses the same deepfake technology to morph AK's face to look like Lil Wayne, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z and, ironically, Kendrick Lamar. AK says Kendrick's "The Heart Part 5" music video is "an exact copy" of his 2020 video, both of which were directed under Universal by the artists themselves. "I did that video in 2020 with Universal. Obviously, the song didn't do as good as if Kendrick was to do it, but the concept was so sick...but it's the same exact thing -- it's a backdrop, it's him in front of it, it's one take."


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