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Lil Uzi Vert responds to accusations that he plagiarized his “That Way” cover art

A Korean artist compared a painting they published six years ago to the new single’s cover art, and Uzi’s Instagram account appeared to offer compensation.

March 16, 2020

A Korean artist has claimed that the cover art for Lil Uzi Vert's new single "That Way" rips off a six-year-old painting they published online, as Genius points out.

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"My picture was posted on my blog six years ago," TaeTae (태태) wrote on Saturday, "and it is possible to use it for profile pictures or non-commercial purposes, but it is not allowed to use anything else. Now I’m very embarrassed and don’t want to let this go.”

Lil Uzi's Instagram account "liked" the post and wrote a comment offering to pay the artist. “Hey I’m not a mean person or a thief I get inspired a lot,” the comment reads. “If you want Money I will have my team contact and give you Money. Signed… Baby Pluto. P.S. You are a great artist.”

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@artxstic, the artist behind the "That Way" art, shared a screenshot of Uzi's comment on their Instagram Stories, and claimed they were in contact with TaeTae. “No, I’m not mad at Uzi and yes I’m gonna make sure to make the original artist happy,” artxstic wrote.

The FADER has reached out to Lil Uzi Vert's representatives for more information. "That Way" was released on March 1, just under a week before Uzi's album Eternal Atake arrived.

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Lil Uzi Vert responds to accusations that he plagiarized his “That Way” cover art