Rapper T-Pain’s track has been pulled down from YouTube over copyright infringement and the accuser is Bollywood composer Mithoon. Mithoon claims the track copies Tum He Ho from Indian movie Ashiqui 2.
While plenty of Bollywood hits have been labeled flankers or inspired by Western tracks, this is a first that a Western rap track has allegedly copied a Bollywood song.
How does a rap track with a completely different BPM copy a Bollywood slow romantic number? The track does incorporate Indian instruments and the opening rift is a lot like the chorus of Tum He Ho.
T-Pain dropped the single as a surprise for the holidays. He was even more surprised by the song’s traction on YouTube.
When Indian film director Mohit Suri pointed out the similarity on Twitter, music composer Mithoon called out T-Pain for copyright infringement.
— Mithoon (@Mithoon11) December 15, 2018
After that, according to T-Pain, Indian Twitter got touchy. While some fans just liked the fact that T-Pain even looked at Bollywood music, others were enraged.
Absolute rip off from hit Bollywood movie Aashiqui 2. Tum hi ho is the song.
Not cool T-pain, cheating is bad and at least give credit to original composer @Mithoon11
Making money on someone else's work can bite back hard!
— djvipmog (@djvipmog) December 15, 2018
— rockstar_45 (@AkashRabade) December 15, 2018
Some folks were just happy Bollywood music is on the Western music map.
All this time since childhood I used to hear that many Indian songs are copied from foreign music. But this time, It's different. #tumhiho tune being copied by a foreign artist. That's the magic of @Mithoon11 Sir !! More power to you Sir !! Love you😊❤
— Sumedh Kulkarni (@SumedhK76) December 15, 2018
West copying India. Haha. What a turnaround. Classic. 🇮🇳 https://t.co/ezWhgsXAKv
— Siddharth Shah (@SiddharthKShah) December 15, 2018
T-Pain was then called out on his comment, by the same gentleman Mohit Suri that pointed out the copied rift in the first place.
Brown Twitter !! Sir is that what your response is .?? is this a apology or foolish ignorance .if you hadn’t been so stuck up in your world and realised that this song has crossed over a billion streaming’s .maybe you would understand #Shameless @Mithoon11 @itsBhushanKumar
— Mohit Suri (@mohit11481) December 16, 2018
Some people called out T-Pain for the racist comment.
What a pain Mr. T… how do you make music ? It’s so important to be a good human being & your racism shocks me! https://t.co/VKPCrvZbUW
— salim merchant (@salim_merchant) December 16, 2018
Others didn’t think it was racist and appreciated the rapper’s taste in Hindi music.
Dragged?? Man ur making brown twitter relevant since priyanka and nick’s wedding, you got our respek
— Grumpy Kev (@kevolution514) December 16, 2018
Many musicians have been shamed for cultural appropriation in their music videos or stage performances from Coldplay’s Hymn For the Weekend to music as far back as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The fact that T-Pain is being called out for stealing the beat is why its a big deal. This is a first incident of its kind as far as the Internet knows.
Honestly idk why people are making this a big deal, bollywood knowingly steals western music all the time 🤷🏾♀️
— Janki (@queenjanki) December 16, 2018
The deal is that the legal battle between the recording studios will be talking big bucks. The West may not take cultural appropriation seriously but it takes serious offense to copyright, which is why after years Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines lost to Marvin Gaye’s Family.