Filipino Rappers Under Fire For “Plagiarism” Of BTS’s “DDAENG” & BIGBANG’s “Bad Boy”

Fans are outraged with the rapper’s response to accusations.

Filipino rappers Flow-G and Skusta Clee are facing plagiarism accusations after ARMYs uncovered remarkable similarities between their song, “DEYM”, and BTS‘s “DDAENG”.

Flow-G and Skusta Clee are members of the Philippines hip hop collective Ex Batallion, who lead the country’s scene with over 800 million views on YouTube. Together, the two rappers recently released a song called “DEYM” under the duo name 90’s Gang.

Flow-G and Skusta Clee

But it didn’t take long for ARMYs to notice that the song sounded familiar—specifically, it sounded like the BTS song “DDAENG”. One fan matched the tempos of each song to make a comparison clip, and the similarities are undeniable.

Both songs allegedly share the same cadence and rhythm, punctuating each line with similar sounding words. Fans also noted that BTS is not credited anywhere on the song, implying there was no authorized sample use involved in the production of “DEYM”.

ARMYs are particularly upset about the thought of “DDAENG” being plagiarized because it’s considered a special song in the fandom. RM, Suga, and J-Hope wrote and produced the song as a gift to fans for BTS Festa in 2018. It currently has over 28 million plays on the group’s official Soundcloud.

Along with the accusations of plagiarizing BTS, fans also believe Skusta Clee also previously stole elements of BIGBANG’s “Bad Boy”.

After fans called on the rap duo to explain, Flow-G (whose real name is Archie Dela Cruz) responded to the accusations on Facebook. In his first post, Flow-G claimed he used “a generic flow, generic words, and generic beat” to produce the song, and that “DEYM” has no connection to “DDAENG”.

Gumamit ako ng “generic flow” “generic words” at “generic beat” na pinagawa ko kay Flip-D para sa promotion video ng…

Posted by Archie Dela Cruz on Monday, October 5, 2020

Flow-G later claimed, “everything is just coincidence” and accused fans of defamation. The rapper linked a YouTube video, which claims that BTS plagiarized numerous songs themselves.

Hindi Plagiarism to. Naniniwala akong coincidence lang ang lahat! sinisiraan nyo lang sila.

Posted by Archie Dela Cruz on Monday, October 5, 2020

As Flow-G and Skusta Clee continue to deny plagiarism accusations, ARMYs have turned to Big Hit Entertainment. In emails to the company, fans are asking that legal action be taken against the rap duo for both plagiarism and defamation.

| Big Hit Entertainment
Source: BTS/Twitter (image credit)
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