Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Overview: Kendrick Lamar packs a punch with all-star 'Black Panther' soundtrack

Overview: Kendrick Lamar packs a punch with all-star 'Black Panther' soundtrack

The New York Times reports that British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor claims her work was used without her permission for the music video for "All Stars." "And at the same time they're stealing from African artists", Viktor told The New York Times.

Slated for a worldwide release on 16 February, Marvel's best bid as their next superhero blockbuster Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan officially released their soundtrack album co-produced by The Top Dawg Entertainment and twelve times Grammy victor Kendrick Lamar.

However, similar images and themes to her series Constellations are seen in the video for Lamar's music video around the 2.59 mark.

The letter also states that Viktor was approached twice by the film's creators to use her work, but she refused both times.

Nancy E. Wolff, a copyright lawyer who serves as the president of the Copyright Society of the US, said that the video's directors are likely to argue that the images in the video are not exact copies.

At the moment, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Disney, and Dave Meyers have all declined the NYT's request for comment.

Black Panther: The Album has received critical acclaim since its release.

Tribal rhythms, tropical house and throbbing R&B pulse throughout the 14-song, 50-minute album, which boasts reliable guest spots from Lamar's TDE labelmates SZA (on nondescript yet catchy lead single All the Stars) and Schoolboy Q (the hard-hitting X with 2 Chainz).

In a telephone interview, Viktor said: "Why would they do this?" "Cultural appropriation is something that continually happens to African-American artists", she said, "and I want to make a stand".

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