***Scroll down for new updates as of 04/17 09:31 AM EST.
As is the trend in pop music today goes, will.i.am has dipped his hand into the electronic dance cookie jar to create one of the new tracks on his upcoming fourth studio LP, #willpower. “Let’s Go” features a singing Chris Brown above a generous sample of Arty & Mat Zo‘s epic 2011 trance collaboration, “Rebound,” which as you might have guessed, won’t be credited anywhere other than (hopefully) the album’s digital booklet.
The two reactions will be as they always are: either you’re familiar with “Rebound” and side with those saying these two newcomers have disgraced its original beauty, or you aren’t familiar with the original tune and go on crediting “Let’s Go” to will.i.am for the rest of your life. The fact of the matter is there will be plenty of posts and reviews (slash already have been) where “Rebound” isn’t even cited, which is a damn shame, because the additional breakdown at 1:12 and the overpowering vocabulary of “dancing on the dancefloor / let’s go crazy” don’t really add anything of value to what is considered an Arty & Mat Zo classic.
Nevertheless, listen below, find will.i.am’s #willpower album out April 19th, and grab Arty & Mat Zo’s “Rebound” on Beatport here.
UPDATE: Arty has revealed a rather ridiculous plot twist, claiming that will.i.am’s camp (Interscope) never cleared the song with Anjunabeats (rights holders of “Rebound”). Furthermore, he says the sample isn’t any form of cover or re-creation, and instead comes straight from the master file.
They never cleared rights through Anjunabeats, who’s only one label, who ownes the rights for “Rebound”.
— Arty (@arty_music) April 16, 2013
Now I see why Mat left twitter, cause he couldn’t handle shit like this
— Arty (@arty_music) April 16, 2013
UPDATE 2: On top of all that (as if it could get worse), will.i.am’s track “Bang Bang” is another blatant theft of Sandro Silva & Quintino’s easily recognizable “Epic.” Listen to that comparison below, and stay tuned, this could get ugly.
UPDATE 3: Chris Brown speaks.
UPDATE 4: Chris Brown deleted his tweet, and Mat Zo has posted this to Facebook.
(Im really glad I deleted my twitter account so that I’m not inclined to say what I’m about to say in under 140 characters)
I really and truely appreciate all the support you are giving me and Arty in response to Will I Am’s copyright infringement. However, this doesnt excuse the horrific abuse youre sending the way of Will I Am and Chris Brown, and it especially doesnt excuse being racist.
You dont need to defend me or Arty. Producers often wait their whole careers for a commercial act to fuck up and sample their track without asking permission. Arty and I are not bitter about this, more suprised. We knew Will I Am was interested in this track, but we declined working with him at the time.
To conclude, perhaps it is better to invest your energy into supporting ‘Rebound’ instead of spewing shit at Will I Am and Chris Brown. The reason I left twitter was to aleviate myself from outbreak the verbal diarrhea which I had caught and which im seeing all over the internet today.
Thank you :)
UPDATE 5: Another plot twist comes by way of Laidback Luke, who has revealed via Twitter that after speaking to his friend and producer of the track, Arty & Mat Zo may be hiding the fact that they cleared use of the sample, and have been given production credits on the album.
Arty however continues to hold his ground.
For what it’s worth, the #willpower Wikipedia page has also been updated to include Arty, Mat Zo, Sandro Silva, Quintino, and even Deniz Koyu (on the track “Great Times Are Coming”) as writers and/or producers on the respective songs that were alleged to have been stolen. Until we get some official statement from Interscope of Anjunabeats, review will.i.am’s track-jacking timeline and see if you can make sense of all this.