Kendrick Lamar’s just released music video for All the Stars from the Black Panther film soundtrack is garnering attention for all the wrong reasons.
A British-Liberian artist is accusing the recording artist of using her work without permission and infringing the copyright to her artwork Constellations.
Lina Iris Viktor claims she had been contacted twice by the creators of the Marvel superhero movie seeking permission to feature her work and she denied, according to a report in the New York Times Sunday.
Legal issues: A British-Liberian artist is accusing Kendrick Lamar of copying her work Constellations, right, for his All the Stars music video, left, for the song from the soundtrack to the Black Panther movie
‘Why would they do this?’ she said in an interview with the newspaper.
‘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,’ she said.
The music video, which also stars Sza, features gold patterned scenes reminiscent of her 24-karat gold artwork.
In a letter to Anthony Tiffith, the head of Lamar’s label Top Dawg Entertainment, Lima asks for a public apology and a license fee.
Neither Kendrick, Tiffith or Disney, which is distributing the movie, responded to requests for comment from the NY Times nor did the music video director Dave Meyers.
Not happy: Lina Iris Viktor, seen working in her studio in a snap shared to her Instagram, accused Lamar and the Black Panther team of ‘stealing from African artists’
Similarities: The music video, which also stars Sza, features gold patterned scenes reminiscent of Viktor’s 24-karat gold artwork
Award-winning artist: Lamar, pictured at last month’s Grammys in New York, was handpicked by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to do the music for the film
In the letter seen by the NY Times, it’s claimed the video includes a 19-second segment ‘that incorporates not just the immediately-identifiable and unique look of her work, but also many of the specific copyrightable elements in the ‘Constellations’ series of paintings, including stylized motifs of mythical animals, gilded geometric forms on a black background, and distinctively textured areas and patterns, arrayed in a grid-like arrangement of forms.’
Lamar won five Grammys last month for his album DAMN.
He worked with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler on the soundtrack for the film that hits theatres on February 16.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Monday, Black Panther is on track for a $165 million or more four-day opening weekend over the President’s Day holiday.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
Blockbuster potential: Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman, pictured, is on track for a $165 million or more four-day opening weekend over the President’s Day holiday