Kendrick Lamar has been accused of stealing artwork from a British-Liberian artist for his track All The Stars.
The new track, which also features SZA, is said to feature artwork very similar to that of Lina Iris Victor, who was approached by Marvel to use her art in both 2016 and 2017 but she turned the offer down.
The artist now claims that frames in the video for All The Stars feature art bearing such a strong resemblance to her pieces that she has brought in a legal team to take matters further, according to the New York Times.
Viktor’s lawyer Christopher Robinson has told CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment Anthony Tiffith that it’s an ‘ethical issue’.
He said: ‘It’s an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that it’s about black empowerment, African excellence—that’s the whole concept of the story”, Robinson told the New York Times.
‘And at the same time they’re stealing from African artists.’
The letter claims the artwork features for 19 seconds of the video.
Viktor told the NY Times: ‘Why would they do this? It’s an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that it’s about black empowerment, African excellence — that’s the whole concept of the story. And at the same time they’re stealing from African artists.’
Reps for Kendrick Lamar have been contacted for comment.