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Megan Ryte accused of plagiarising DJ Lag in new track featuring will.i.am

Ryte’s track, ‘Culture’, has been accused of “ripping off” the gqom pioneer’s ‘Ice Drop’

Megan Ryte has been accused of plagiarizing DJ Lag in a new track featuring will.i.am.

DJ and radio host Megan Ryte dropped a new track and video, titled 'Culture', at the beginning of this week. Featuring will.i.am and A$AP Ferg, Ryte called the track a "statement record", and said the song, alongside her debut album, "represents me as a DJ but also as a label owner, executive, A&R, producer, and all-around creative."

Now, social media users and multiple artists, including AceMoSHERELLE and Karen Nyame KG, have accused Ryte of plagiarizing gqom pioneer DJ Lag's 'Ice Drop', which was originally released in 2016. DJ Lag's management company, Black Major SA, also responded with a tweet reading "We are handling it."

Comments are currently disabled on Ryte's music video which currently has five times as many dislikes as likes. The visuals begin with a slide that reads "Culture Vulture: A person or an organisation making profit using honourable practices they do not care for."

DJ Lag recently worked with Beyoncé, co-producing a track on the singer's Lion King: The Gift album, alongside artists like Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Wizkid, Burna Boy and more. 

You can listen to both Ryte and DJ Lag's tracks below. 

We interviewed DJ Lag —  the self-proclaimed “gqom king” — for our Recognise series last year, and he provided a thumping mix which you can listen to here.   

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