Lil Uzi Vert hit with plagiarism claim over “That Way” cover art

A Korean illustrator has accused the rapper of ripping off their painting.

Lil Uzi Vert has been accused of plagiarizing the cover art for his recent single, “That Way.”

A Korean illustrator, who goes by the name TaeTae (태태), recently posted a photo on Instagram comparing Lil Uzi’s artwork cover to a painting which they shared online six years ago. According to TaeTae, the pictures shared many similarities, and that the rapper had ripped them off.

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“I am very upset that I have to write such an article. I saw Lil Uzi Vert’s latest album cover art and it was very similar to my painting. My picture was posted on my blog six years ago, and it is possible to use it for profile pictures or non-commercial purposes, but it is not allowed to use anything else,” TaeTae wrote. The artist also said that they are “very embarrassed” by the situation and “don’t want to let this go.”

Following the complaint, Lil Uzi personally reached out to TaeTae on social media to offer them compensation, Genius reported. “Hey, I’m not a mean person or a thief I get inspired a lot,” the rapper wrote in an Instagram comment. “If you want money I will have my team contact and give you Money. Signed… Baby Pluto. P.S. You are a great artist.”

Lil Uzi’s artwork designer, artxstic, has since posted an apology on their Instagram story, saying that they have been in touch with TaeTae to resolve the issue. They also said that they’re “trying to fix things” soon. “Live and learn. I learned from my mistakes, I’ll make a post about everything when everybody calms down and listens instead of bashing me for a mistake I’ve made. [I’ve] been gaining a lot of hate, n***as sending shit like telling me to kill myself in my e-mail, it’s crazy bru,” artxstic wrote.

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Lil Uzi Vert designer artxstic aplogoies on Instagram story following plagiarism claim over That Way cover art
Image: artxstic’s Instagram story

Lil Uzi released “That Way” earlier this month. The song, which interpolates the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 hit single “I Want it That Way,” appears as a bonus track on the rapper’s recently released sophomore album, Eternal Atake.

Last week, Lil Uzi dropped the deluxe edition of his new record titled Eternal Atake (Deluxe): LUV vs The World 2.

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