Kanye West and Kid Cudi performed Sunday at Los Angeles’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival inside a suspended glass box. As Lorde pointed out today on Instagram, the set-up resembles the stage design for her Melodrama tour and 2017 Coachella performance, which also featured an elevated glass enclosure. “I’m proud of the work I do and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves. But don’t steal—not from women or anyone else—not in 2018 or ever,” she wrote.
Lorde’s is not the first accusation of theft lobbed at West this year. The fashion plagiarism-spotting Instagram account Diet Prada has documented instances of Kanye claiming ownership of a legging sketch actually drawn in 2005 by ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman (for which West later apologized and blamed a Yeezy employee) and the Yeezy Season 6 marketing campaign’s apparent copying of a 2015 photo shoot by artist Rita Minissi.
Minissi responded to the latter allegation in a July statement, saying, “Although I am deeply distressed by this exploitation, the greater issue here is that a large corporate entity is profiting off of years of labor from a self-funded artist by turning something cathartic into capital; attempting to steal the truth of an individual without consequences. This is not an isolated instance, to the corporate entity in question or to the industry as a whole.”
West’s alleged history of fudging ownership over creative concepts dates back at least to the turn-of-the-century, when he infamously lent production and song ideas to Jay-Z that already existed as songs by local Chicago rappers like Payroll and E.C. Illa. Illa recounted the legend last month in an interview on the Murder Master Music Show where he described how Hov’s “Never Change” was based on Payroll’s Kanye-produced song by the same name, and said Payroll busted West’s head with a bottle for re-selling the beat and concept