Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s video for “All The Stars” has been accused of stealing artwork from a British-Liberian artist named Lina Iris Viktor.
In November 2016 and this past December, the artist was contacted by Marvel about the possibility of borrowing her black and 24-karat gold creations, but she declined both offers, reported the New York Times.
But the video’s end result supposedly bares some similarity to Viktor’s “Constellations” series. Both the artist’s works and the visuals for the Kendrick and SZA collab portray highly detailed, gold tribal designs splayed over black matte backgrounds.
See “Constellations” for yourself here – the questionable material in the Top Dog Entertainment video can be found at the 2:59 mark.
Viktor’s lawyer, Christopher Robinson, has contacted Anthony Tiffith, TDE’s CEO who produced and curated the Black Panther soundtrack, which “All The Stars” is pulled from.
“It’s an ethnical issue because (Black Panther) purports black empowerment, African excellence,” Robinson told the New York Times. “And at the same time, they’re stealing from African artists.”