Robin Thicke Sues the Marvin Gaye Family

Robin Thicke's summer smash, "Blurred Lines" is stirring up controversy left and right. First with feminist warriors who claim that the song encourages a "rapist culture" and now with Marvin Gaye's successors who allege that the song is a complete rip off from Gaye's "Got to Give It Up".

Robin Thicke and the other featured artists, T.I. and Pharell, have gone on the offensive to sue the Gaye family. Not for money, but instead so that a judge can definitively rule that the song does not copy Marvin Gaye in the interest of the artists who are under fire after the Gaye family's claims. The Funkadelics have also claimed that the song rips off of their 70's hit "Sexy Ways"

imagesAccording to the Hollywood Reporter, The suit claims the Gaye family is alleging that "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" "feel" or "sound" the same, and that the "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work."

But we all know how this is going to go. Fans of each are going to choose sides based on the people involved. Robin Thicke, hip hop, and r&b music's haters alike will join forces and collectively use this as prime example of how horrible they all are. A lot of black people are going to make comparisons about how "the white man" keeps stealing music from "the black man" just like in the days of Elvis. And so on and so forth.

Shit gets exhausting after a while. But here we go again. Tell me your thoughts.


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  1. The beats are exactly like MG’s…The rest are very similar. Why is this guy suing the Marvin Gaye family? Seems kinda mean. He should be ecstatic that people see the resemblance to someone so gifted as Marvin Gaye.

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  2. When I first heard the song I thought it sounded a lot like Marvin Gaye’s Got to give it up! However, there is nothing new under the sun. Don’t hip hop artists do this all the time? So why is Robin Thicke suing the Gaye family? He knows the music is a rip off. Anyway this will keep happening so good luck with that!

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  3. There’s slight similarities in the music, but it’s not the same.

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  4. I don’t understand why using a similar rhythm is a problem. People sample other songs and artists all the time. The melody is totally different. Some people get their panties in a wad for no reason. This is a waste of court time. I can see him suing back to resolve the problem. The song has a classic funkadelic beat. Aren’t we happy that Funkadelic music is making a comeback. Would Marvin Gaye really be mad about this awesome modern song. I think not.

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  5. Love both songs very much!!! Both are different noone will ever take Marvins spot. Cant everyone just get along!!!!

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  6. Yeah, I thought it was originally a Michael Jackson loop but now that I can totally hear similarities. However, a lawsuit is frivolous, I’m sure if they went and asked instead of flying off the deep end.

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