Drake can’t catch a break!
On Monday, the Canadian rapper dropped the music video for his hit Hotline Bling.
While most of the attention centered around his sensual dance moves, a few of Drizzy’s fans pointed out that some of the visuals looked a little familiar!
According to critics, the soft glowing neon gradients featured in the video’s backdrop closely resemble light installations of famous Light and Movement artist James Turrell!
Art enthusiasts immediately noticed the similarities between the set and the 72-year-old’s works, especially since the Champagne Papi paid a visit to the artist’s LACMA installation two years ago…
LACMAA photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jan 30, 2014 at 10:02pm PST
Drake even admitted to being influenced by Turrell’s visuals in a 2014 interview, where he said:
“I f**k with Turrell. He was a big influence on the visuals for my last tour.”
However, Director X, the filmmaker behind the video, says that the visuals in Hotline Bling are from a style of his own, explaining:
“I do understand why people would say that’s Turrell’s thing but this is my style best of all. I’m definitely familiar with the man’s work, he’s a genius. But if you look back at what I do, this is my style.”
The director even draws a comparison to a similarly lit set from Sean Paul‘s I’m Still In Love With You video — which X helmed back in 2010.
Do YOU think Drake’s video is too derivative of Turrell’s work?