“I need to say thank u to Twigs for calling me and informing me in regards to the similarities between the 2 movies.”
Posted on March 31, 2021, at 6:20 a.m. ET
In a put up on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Lil Nas X addressed the appreciable similarities between FKA Twigs’ “Cellophane” music video and the video for his new single “Name Me By Your Identify,” which was launched final week.
It is truthful to say the video has brought on some controversy amongst conservative circles because it was launched, at one level exhibiting Nas sliding down a pole into hell and giving Devil a lap dance.
On Saturday, Andrew Thomas Huang — the director of FKA Twigs’ “Cellophane” music video — retweeted a side-by-side video clip from a consumer who mentioned Nas had taken “one too many notes” from Huang and Twigs in his new video.
Each clips present the artist starting in a heavenly place within the clouds, and finally falling-slash-pole-dancing down into one thing darker.
Huang went on to handle the similarities in a Twitter thread later that night time, saying he was a fan of Lil Nas X and acknowledged that Nas had collaborated with Twigs’ choreographer on “Name Me By Your Identify,” however accusing Nas and his label Columbia Data of “inflicting hurt” by “repurposing” the photographs and concepts utilized in “Cellophane.”
“Years of labor went into the creation of ‘Cellophane,’ from bodily coaching to the emotional labor of unpacking Twigs’ life to assemble photographs [that] instructed her story of trauma and restoration,” Huang wrote. “‘Cellophane’ was a confession in probably the most susceptible sense.”
He went on: “When an artist is ready of energy (amplified with the assistance of main file labels, social media, PR, and so on) and repurposes somebody’s labor and concepts to serve their model picture, they trigger hurt by displacing the efforts of the artists who did the unique leg work.”
“Intentional or not, copying different artists’ work occurs. Making music movies is a labor of affection. The demand for content material pushed by main labels renders our work disposable and pits artists in opposition to one another.”
Huang concluded his thread by urging these within the music trade “to respect administrators, uphold creative accountability and honor the ingenuity of artists dedicating their blood sweat and tears to think about higher futures amidst a damaged trade.”
After all, Huang wasn’t the one particular person to note the similarities — loads of followers hopped onto Twitter to accuse Nas of “ripping” the visuals from “Cellophane.”
And plenty of identified how unfair it was that “Previous City Street” had overwhelmed “Cellophane” for the Finest Music Video Grammy in mild of the state of affairs.
Now Lil Nas X has addressed the accusations himself, saying in an Instagram put up on Tuesday night time that he was “not conscious” of the similarities between the 2 movies and revealing he had acquired a telephone name from Twigs letting him know.
“I need to present like to @fkatwigs & @andrewthomashuang!” he started the put up. “The ‘Cellophane’ visible is a masterpiece.”
“I used to be not conscious that the visible would function inspiration for individuals who labored on the results of my video,” Nas continued. “I need to say thank u to Twigs for calling me and informing me in regards to the similarities between the 2 movies, as I used to be not conscious they have been so shut.”
“Was solely excited for the video to return out,” he mentioned.
“I perceive how onerous you labored to convey this visible to life,” Nas ended his put up. “You deserve a lot extra love and reward.”
In a response on her personal Instagram account, FKA Twigs thanked Nas for his or her “mild trustworthy conversations” and for acknowledging that “Cellophane” had been an inspiration for “Name Me By Your Identify.”