Check Out 'Black Panther: The Album' | Album Stream

Feb 15, 2018, 01:25
Check Out 'Black Panther: The Album' | Album Stream

The folks behind the video allegedly reached out to Lina Iris Viktor multiple times to use the artwork, and per the report, she turned down their offers.

In addition, the letter claims Viktor was contacted twice by production for permission to feature the work, but she never approved of her participation. 'Why would they do this? "It's an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that it's about black empowerment, African excellence - that's the whole concept of the story", Viktor said in an interview with the Times.

With nearly all of the songs either using African instruments or having African language spoken throughout the song, it lets fans know Lamar took his time and took this project seriously, making sure each sound and lyric gave a clear emotion so the listener could feel transported into the world of Wakanda. Admittedly, certain tracks on the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther: The Album deliver infinitely more than others, while others just aren't immediately catchy.

Nancy E. Wolff, a copyright lawyer who now serves as the president of the Copyright Society of the U.S., says that the video's directors will likely argue that the images in the video are not exact copies.

Executives at Disney, who own Marvel Studios, Kendrick, Anthony and the video's director Dave Meyers are yet to comment on the artist's allegations.

Viktor reportedly found out about the video from friends who informed her they had seen her artwork included in it.

While the art in the video isn't a line-for-line reproduction of "Constellations I", the geometric patterns and African diaspora-influenced aesthetic is remarkably similar in style, prompting OkayAfrica to cite her work in a post about the video. The flute-filled Travis Scott feature "Big Shot" is fine if forgettable, and "Pray For Me", Lamar's collaboration with The Weeknd - although suitably anthemic and undeniably accessible - feels like a half-baked attempt to replicate one of the weaker tracks from the Canadian singer's 2016 album Starboy.

Viktor said what matters to her most is the principle, not compensation.

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