Kendrick Lamar and SZA were monumentally huge artists and that’s what propelled the soundtrack for “Black Panther” not a 19-second clip an artist claims was a rip-off of her artwork.
he TDE roster is absolutely stacked these days. With Kendrick Lamar leading the group, SZA offers something unlike many of her rapping peers, bringing ferocious R&B flavor to the table. Growing her brand to an immense level over the course of the last two years, SZA is one of the most established members of the label. Her collaboration with Kenny on Black Panther’s “All The Stars” is one of the best songs on the soundtrack but it has been wrapped up in controversy since a lawsuit was filed, citing plagiarism on the part of the two artists in the video.
We’ve previously reported on Lena Iris Viktor’s suit against the superstars for the unauthorized use of her art in the “All The Stars” video. While she may believe the success of the song and soundtrack is due in part to her work being featured, SZA and Kendrick believe otherwise. According to TMZ, the pair have filed documents to have the lawsuit thrown out of court, because, in their minds, anybody using “common sense and logic” would know that the song would have been successful either way. In a way, they’re absolutely correct. When two stars as popular as Kendrick Lamar and SZA team up, the public will take notice. However, if the art was stolen, they are definitely in the wrong.
The two are saying that Viktor is not entitled to any of the profits made because the song blew up solely due to Kendrick’s “worldwide popularity as well as numerous accolades, including a Pulitzer Prize and dozens of Grammys.”