Sunday, March 28, 2010

Inspiration or Biting of Style? Hmmmm....

"They" say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but to some people, it's an individual not being creative  enough to come up with their own shit. Some people take the act of others imitating them serious. I can imagine this is why all those "rules" on plagiarism exist.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't see someone on Twitter talking about so and so biting such and such "style". Style is infused in rapping, singing, drawing, fashion, directing, and plenty of other areas. However, does the perspective change when an "artist" we stan for is involved? For me, it doesn't. If you copied something, you copied it. End of story. No explanations need to be given as to why. If you were inspired to imitate them, ok, but some people don't look at it like that and they will make it very clear. Does it bother me? Not really. I hear/see "inspiration" in a lot of my favorite artists. There are a select few who do feel flattered that you would duplicate their work, even adding a little piece of yourself so that it can be said that you did do SOMETHING a little different from them.

I'll be honest and say this...every time someone elses work is duplicated, it isn't always met with appreciation from others.

Below are two musical videos; one by Matt & Kim and one by Erykah Badu. There are minor differences, but for all intents and purposes, it is the same video. I will be candid and say, it was more of a pleasure to look at Erykah then them; I liked their ending better though. Enjoy!

7 points of view:

♥ CG ♥ said...

Wow, this is undeniably the same concept. Labeling something "inspired by" is a slippery slope. Sure, Erykah's fan base is different but I'm surprised that they didn't come up with something that closely mirrored the lyrics. I didn't understand the concept at first, but now I see why. Very interesting.

NightFall914 said...

Much more pleasurable to see Erykah "Magic Coochie" Badu bare it all then Matt & Kim but in reply to this blog topic it's funny because artist involved will usually tell you that they were inspired by so and so but its the uninformed public that will rant on and on about it. With their repeat offenders being those like Rihanna, Bey, Lagy GaGa etc.....

AssertiveWit said...

CurvyGirl: I like both videos and I don't want anyone to be confused by me saying that Badu pretty much "copied" verbatim. Usually when I've heard/seen someone say that another artist inspired them, they aren't doing an EXACT duplicate of the other artists work and if they do it isn't termed "inspiration". It's called a "cover", "their version", etc. So you're right, it is a slippery slope :)

NightFall914: I understand how inspiration works; if a guy came out and sounded like Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, he might say that they "inspired" him while growing up. There is nothing wrong with that but he could never record My Cherie Amore and change the name to My Love. Even if he changed a couple lyrics in the beginning and ending of the song, he could and would be sued for copyright infringement. As far as directors go, I don't think their art is viewed the same by most people. I view directors no different then a musician, singer, writer, or order to reach people, they have to take their form of art and make you FEEL it. If someone else duplicates it, it can be an honor when acknowledged but an insult when passed off as their own.

I know Badu did say at the beginning "Inspired by Matt & Kim" but they didn't direct/film that video. That director's vision isn't being acknowledged, Matt & Kim are. Either way it goes, I still like both videos...I was entertained by both. I'm a writer so I zone in on creative faux pas when they take place. Therefore, in THIS aspect, I'll sum it up by quoting Erykah:

"Now keep in mind that I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my shit"

Jay_fever said...

wow..nice find. I would've never known about the other video if u hadn't brought it up. Of course I haven't seen the non-Badu one. As a booty connoisseur when a woman like that exposes her cheeks I make it my business to seek it

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Relevantlystaying said...

read where he city of Dallas is all up in arms about the video because she did it without a permit and that tourist with their kids saw her naked. I was like ofcourse... they would look past the message and find fault....Them finding fault totally validates the meaning of the video that just like JFK people ( their character) is often assasinated for doing what they believe. I like both videos but kudos to Erykah for having a real woman body and baring it all for the sake of art!

AssertiveWit said...

Jay: hahahha well enjoy the video; she has enough booty to satisfy your backside pleasures I'm sure

Relevantlystaying: The City of Dallas getting up in arms sounds more like them being salty they didn't get their money rather than them finding fault LOL

I don't want my post to come across as me finding fault with her being naked. Kudos to her for popping out 3 lil crumbsnatchers and being able to look THAT good afterwards; I can only PRAY my stomach gets back to being that flat and I only had one.

I felt the need to bring those points out because there are some people who call themselves "artist" but they only respect other artists they are fond of or who are in their field. A director is no different then a photographer, writer, painter, singer, etc....and I think we should respect their work enough to acknowledge that you were so inspired you're going to do a repeat of their work or be creative enough to come up with your own shat, you know?

Despite her message getting lost in the crack of her ass, I get it. I'm all for people doing what they want regardless of others feeling differently. I guess that's what she just did :)

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