will.i.am has since posted a video apology to Megan Ryte and DJ Lag, taking full responsibility for the lack of credit to DJ Lag.
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South African DJ Lag, who produced the track ‘My Power’ from Beyoncé’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album, quoted a post of the American DJ and radio host sharing the video to ‘Culture’ with footage and a link to the video of his 2017 track ‘Ice Drop’.
The video for ‘Culture’ opens by displaying the definition of a ‘Culture Vulture’: “a person or an organization making profit using honorable practices from a culture they do not care for.” It currently has more than 17,000 dislikes on YouTube compared to just over 1,000 likes, and the comments have been turned off.
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DJ Lag’s artist management agency Black Major posted on Twitter, writing: “We are handling it…”.
We are handling it...— Black Major (@BlackMajorSA) November 25, 2020
In will.i.am's video apology he says: “I wanna take the time to apologise to Megan Ryte from the bottom of my heart: Megan, I am truly sorry for putting you in this situation. And I want everyone to know that Megan doesn't deserve the hate you're throwing at her because Megan didn't do anything wrong."
He adds: “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. And when I realised I made a mistake, I tried to fix it. And at that point in time it was already too late. So to that, I apologise to DJ Lag ... I’m so sorry for getting the information wrong.”
Listen to the two tracks below.
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