Rapper “Soulja Boy” Rips Off Death Note

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Chart topping rapper “Soulja Boy” has been accused of flagrantly ripping off the Death Note OST in one of his latest releases, imaginatively called “Death Note.”

He is but the latest in a series of minor American celebrities caught plagiarising the works of Japanese artists with the evidently misplaced hope that nobody will notice, a practice since termed “Simmonsing” in honour of its foremost and most shameless practicioner

The track in question, “Long Journey,” which listeners should be warned is exceptionally bad even by contemporary rap standards:

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The track from the Death Note OST he is alleged to have flagrantly ripped off, the “Near Theme”:

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Whilst liberally “sampling” the music of others is an accepted staple of hiphop, generally it does not extend to stealing entire songs, series names and even fonts, all without credit.

Presumably the rapper, a barely literate 19-year-old who came to fame through such sites as YouTube, thought nobody would notice. He has previously been sued for allegedly stealing the name “Soulja Boy” from another performer, and even amongst other rappers has been dismissed as “garbage.”

As the album in question is merely a freely released “mixtape” it may escape any legal sanction, but this hardly makes it any less ethically dubious.


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    Avatar of Ikuhisashiku
    Comment by Ikuhisashiku
    07:03 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I know. I'm late.
    But could he be any more obvious about it?

    And, besides that, can a person even honestly call that peice of crap a song? I wasn't even paying much attention to it, but I must've heard the word "nigger" about 5 times in half as many seconds.
    Good god almighty, what has the world come to?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ya man this offends my ivory tower sensibilities too

    *jacks off to large breasted 14 year olds*

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    anon 08:19 irony WIN!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    White separatism NOW

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously when will rap music just die, it is a worthless genre.

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    Comment by Mike
    23:27 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yo fuck you, you don't know shit about rap, you just think rap is all that mainstream shit you hear everyday. you never listened to UK grime, of Redzor from Ireland, Outlaw Immortalz, Immortal Technique, nor Lowkey from England.
    you have no respect for musicianship, what the fuck do you want, nothing but guitar riffs and drums all day, music evolves whether you like or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is this guy popular? These lyrics... My god. Is this the message young black Americans are getting? This isn't music it's an insult to intelligence!

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    Comment by Daiyousei
    12:47 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It sounds like fairly generic I'm-a-badass-because-I-can-shoot-people-and-I-sing-in-other-people's-songs rap to me; the difference is he didn't buy the rights to the song and isn't making a cent off it.

    This is a lot like the endless streams of AMVs, which make up 4/5 of youtube.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUCKING GRINGOS ALWAYS TRANSFORMING THE GOOD THINGS INTO SHIT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is he white? If not, wrong slur

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't Soulja Boy mention exclusively that he was a huge fan of Naruto, Bleach, Bebop and Deathnote on his twitter a while back? Rather than blatant plagiarizing, it's much more likely it was a homage to the anime.

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    Comment by panaghoy88
    09:28 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soulja Boy learn to be professional! Completely naming your mixtape Death Note isn't helping your garbage reputation. You'd think people in the music industry would have some kind of clue of ethics. Get permission from the creators or GTFO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    GOD! im black and i hate soldier boy! i hate him sooo much i refuse to spell his rap-name with a 'j'...im betting that was a mistake, he forgot how to spell soldier so he had to sound it out, and thats what he got...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh shit more rappers Simmonsing anime!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6xhI_skZ7Y
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCJ0-hyJ-YM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA2_NhtL1W4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkZ6VOneQpo

    you guys are fucking behind the times.

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    Comment by ranivus
    03:11 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes... this is shit.

    ...would the reaction be different if say, Jay-Z or Lil Wayne or Kanye started ripping anime beats?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope cus most of these people are weeaboos who hate rap for some reason this song isn't even that bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    god. fucking. dammit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not defending this guy or anything, so disregarding him, what are the chances that there might be soundtracks (songs and music tracks) from two or more different sources that seem to be really way too similar to be mere coincidence and thus having one of them or more labeled off as plagiarism, even though there weren't at all intended to be from the beginning? Well, we being in the Information Age and all, and with the world population ever increasing, these "pure coincidences" not only seen in music and literary works are bound to become increasingly more prevalent I suppose. Although in the end, everything that we know (All our knowledge and accomplishments) is really a rip-off of someone else if we think it objectively.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    rap incites bad thing, while theft of their idea is to standard ....
    but what he technically had to limp, nothing makes rap listenable.

    damn not even find their tempo was very pitiable.

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    Comment by Dia
    03:36 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think all the hate is unnecessary. Even if you are famous (I'm taking your word for it), you should be allowed to make shit like this if you don't make money from it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unless his getting money off it, he's nothing more than the equilvalent of a english rapping nicosinger.

    But if he is earning money he should get run over by a truck that reverses and drives back and forth over his dead body cos' the driver didn't know what he just ran over and is trying to feel it out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Free hip-hop mixtapes sampling unlicensed beats from whoever and wherever are common; it's more common for rappers to take beats from other rappers as sort of a "community" thing, but sources outside of hip-hop aren't exactly unheard-of. And it's not like he's being subtle or sneaky about it, he would probably say that he got the 'beat' from Death Note if he was asked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    some1 RAPPe this guy!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A crummy rapper ripping off a crummy anime.

    Big shock there.

    Only this website would care about this

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy shit this is the grossest thing ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's probably just a fan of the show so he rapped over the music in the show. This is more like a homage than plagiarizing. Charles Hamilton for example apparently is a Sonic fan so he has had sonic on the cover of his mixtapes and he rapped to the music from the game. btw I do not like soulja bot he sucks but you guys are just being stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Opens Death Note, and begins writing*
    DeAndre Cortez
    Saturday, May 29, 2010, 12:00 PM
    DeAndre "Soulja Boy" Cortez will bring a megaphone, make a trip to the closest tall building, go to the roof, and proclaim "I am a talentless hack and a half-baked ripoff artist.", before doing a swan dive to his doom, dying from multiple head injuries.

    *sigh*
    If only.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL! stupid niggers trying to be chinese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    stupid trolls trying to be funny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    YOU RRoD RAP BETA TESTER FAGS SURE GOT TOLD!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Americans sure love using the N word don't they.

    I can't believe how many closet people on this site is so quick to be racist, your all no better then the one's who call you people weird, ugly, fat, otaku, geeks, nerds, hikkis, psychotic, pedophiles etc.

    Yes rap has gone bad, only if your listening to that commercial pop rap on the radio. It seems like whatever this guy post becomes fact for the trolls on this site to flame.

    Yes lets kill the ni&&er with the death note for making music dumb crackers in numbers actually buy.

    Fucking Weeboos.

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    Comment by Huey
    05:25 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So fucking agree!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny to see that avatar- I was just thinking that this song should be played on Boondocks unedited. It pretty much makes Aaron Mcgruder's point about the vapid ignorance of modern black America as well as the best Boondocks episodes do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you even read what I said?
    I'm pretty sure I left the part about white people being a superior race because they were all intelligent, intellectual people out.

    And I think they should play it because it takes what the show expresses through sarcasm and wit and compresses it into two minutes of such concentrated ignorance that the song doesn't even need to be satirized; It makes fun of itself if you have any brains.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So in your mind white people are the superior race. Your comment was so one sided and peppered with hate. IF the song doesn't even need to be satirized why did you make your previous comment before?

    Yeah I see right through you, there's a shitload of vapid ignorance in white america as well just not the same.

    Don't try to change what you said, there's ignorance everywhere. And some people are just stupid and convince themselves one kind of people are better then another.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah because there isn't ignorant white people in the world who listen to rap and act like gangbangers. Where do you think soulja mainly gets his money from??

    The latest episode of season 3, seen it?
    It explained even if black people groveled to white people and acted just like them and if they're were even racist to their own kind.

    White people would still be racist to Black People.

    Boondocks Quote - "Most rednecks are really fucking stupid and I mean really fucking stupid."

    Ignorance is everywhere, you do not want to play this game with me.

    BTW Boondocks plays real hiphop quality music so GTFO out here. They even made an episode making fun of soulja boy retard.

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    Comment by SourSoul
    04:58 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A black person? STEALING STUFF? oh my god, this is unheard of!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:24 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A human? STEALING STUFF? oh my god, this is unheard of!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This doesn't bother me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Regarding the "Simmonising" works. Wouldn't it also be true for Kodomo no Jikan's 1st season ED song. The song is distingushable from The Offspring's song - One Fine Day

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, there was a psychological experiment where scientists analyzed the personality of people who are fans of certain types of music, and Rap and Pop were among those who were listened to by the uncreative type.

    Thanks for proving science, Soulja Boy. X3

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    Comment by Huey
    05:24 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Source or it didn't happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've heard of the study as well:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/classical-to-rap-music-lovers-have-much-more-in-common-than-you-would-think-919553.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1052606/Take-note-Fans-heavy-metal-classical-music-lot-common-study-finds.html

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2680987/Heavy-metal-and-classical-music-fans-share-personality-traits.html

    The second link mentions that Pop, Disco, and one other style of music are listened by those who have little or no sense of creativity. Rap is rarely mentioned, but given today's rap music it would fall under the same thing as Pop music, needless to say.

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    Comment by Dia
    01:28 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see lack of creativity as something that one should be ashamed of.

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    Comment by Tastes Like Anime
    04:52 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I shit a brick when i read this!! I am a huge Death Note fan, iv damn near made it my religion and seeing this....as a Death Note fan im pissed to the point of insanity,and as a otaku im just disgusted. And the fact that he'll most likely get away with it just adds fuel to the fire, hes worthless scum that needs to be "DELETED"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *extreme facepalm*

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol rappers would have to take songs from other things cuse they're soo "wack" and cant come up with their own shit since rap was fail since 2000
    all in all, you cant spell crap without rap :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol your a faggot

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    Comment by Courvossier
    06:47 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    Wow okay, if you've never seen the show you need to shut up, I love the show and the books for 1 and 2 if you know nothing of anime how could you get cocky about someone els loveing it.

    I've seen Death Note. It's an interesting, well-executed series with a fairly novel premise, plot holes aside. That doesn't change the fact that it's hilarious how angry and delusional you pathetic anime nerds must be to actually believe that Soulja Boy releasing a Death Note-based mixtape somehow "ruins" Death Note, or that Soulja Boy deserves to have some terrible tragedy befall him for the crime of disrespecting your precious cartoons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its funny, because i remember that Death Note ripped off the theme of The Exorcist in one of his OST

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't any different than those fans who create AMVs and post 'em on YouTube. These fans use licensed shows and songs for their AMVs WITHOUT permission. Why do you think they're sometimes removed by YouTube?









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