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"
According 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.