Filipino BTS Army Accuses Rappers of Ripping Off BTS’ Song ‘Ddaeng’

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A Filipino rap act has earned the ire of BTS ARMY members over alleged plagiarism of the hit song “Ddaeng.”

Sounds familiar: BTS fans in the Philippines are calling out local rappers Flow G and Skusta Clee of the hip-hop group Ex Batallion for allegedly copying parts of BTS’ “Ddaeng” for their own track “Deym.”

  • “Ddaeng”, a diss track BTS wrote for their haters and critics, was released via SoundCloud in 2018.
  • “Deym” is a 1-minute song released on Sept. 22 and used to promote a local clothing brand, GMA reported.
  • Noticeable similarities between the two tracks have prompted many BTS fans to call out Flow G and Skusta Clee on social media.
  • BTS ARMY members from other countries began flooding the YouTube video of “Deym” with comments asking the uploader to take the video down. 

 

Scratching it off to coincidence: Ex Battalion member Flow G broke his silence over the issue and defended himself and Skusta Clee against the plagiarism accusations.

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  • In a Facebook post, Flow G wrote that he used “generic” flow, words and beats for the song he made with Skusta Clee.
  • He then offered an apology to BTS fans, saying he understands their support for their idols and says he can’t blame them for thinking that way.

  • The rapper’s girlfriend, Angelica, also addressed the issue saying the similarities were not intentional as they hadn’t heard the BTS song during the newer song’s creation. 
  • “I know deep in my core that the similarity of the song is unintentional. We apologize if we offended some of you in any way,” she wrote on Twitter.

This is not the first time Ex Battalion has been accused of plagiarism. Back in 2018, the group was accused of copying the beats of Diamond Style’s “One Kiss” in their track “Hayaan Mo Sila,” leading to its music video getting taken down on YouTube due to copyright issues.

Feature Image (left) via @BTSRapLine_PH, (right) K J A P Channel

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