South Africa: U.S. Rapper Will.i.am Apologises For Stealing DJ Lag’s Beat


Cape Town — Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am has issued an apology to Gqom musician DJ Lag after South Africans called him out for allegedly stealing his beat to the song Ice Drop.

The drama started when American DJ Megan Ryte released a video for her new single Culture featuring ASAP Ferg and Will.i.am. That’s when people spotted the similarity to the  Durban artist’s song and called it out for plagiarism.

The single was an instant rage all thanks to South African DJs and music fans who weren’t forgiving and went on to slam the artists, urging people to dislike the video on YouTube.

DJ Lag’s Ice Drop was released in 2016 and he wasn’t approached for his beat which led to many wondering if he was going to get paid what is due to him.

Despite the anger, the video has racked up over 2.3 million views but with more dislikes than likes. Tired of the criticism, DJ Megan Ryte has since turned off the comment section.

In an Instagram post, Will.i.am said:

“What’s up everybody, I’m here to clarify the situation between the song Culture and Drop ice by DJ Lag. First I want to take the time to apologize to Megan Ryte from the bottom of my heart. Megan, I’m truly sorry for putting you in this situation and I want everyone to know Megan does not deserve the hate you are throwing at her because Megan didn’t do anything wrong.  “The person that’s at fault is myself. When the song was turned in, I turned in the credit information to Megan and I obviously got the credit information wrong. When I realized I made a mistake I tried to fix it and at that point in time it was already too late, so I apologize to DJ Lag. DJ Lag you are an awesome producer, you have an amazing future ahead of you and I’m so sorry for getting the information wrong.”

South Africans didn’t feel the apology was genuine and further blasted the rapper.

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