But now, it’s come to light that the American Honey star plagiarized some of his lyrics from a ’90s rap song!
Pri the Honeydark, a representative of the rap group Anomolies, revealed that LaBeouf took some of his rap from Anomolies’ 1999 song Perfectionist!
Towards the end of the actor’s freestyle, he quotes lines from the song verbatim:
“Rare commodity, the quality is what it’s got to be, and my philosophy is much farther than what your eyes can see.”
While the 29-year-old didn’t specifically state that he was rapping original content, it’s clear that the lines are taken directly from the track!
The actor hasn’t commented on the accusations yet, but he’s already made it clear that he thinks plagiarism has some grey areas:
Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013
Compare Shia’s freestyle rap with the actual song to see how similar they really are (below)!
[Image via C.Smith/WENN.]