“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.


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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.


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The 21-year-old additionally launched a restricted line of 666 “Devil Sneakers” in collaboration with MSCHF, an organization identified for numerous viral stunts. Every pair of the sneakers — altered Nike Air Max 97s — purportedly incorporates one drop of human blood.

The sneakers reportedly offered out inside one minute at a value of $1,000 every. Hours later, Nike filed a lawsuit in an try and cease MSCHF from distributing the sneakers.

However it wasn’t simply conservatives and multinational firms that raised points with “Name Me By Your Identify.”

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.

I believe @LilNasX took one too many notes from @Andrew_T_Huang and @FKAtwigs of their new MV. Here’s a facet by facet clip of Cellophane and Montero. You be the decide.

#LILNASX #fkatwigs

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.”

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.


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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.”


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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.

lil nas x beat fka twigs’ cellophane for finest music video on the grammys then fully ripped it off https://t.co/VykmIEcCG0


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so fka twigs loses the grammy she ought to’ve gotten for the cellophane mv to lil nas x after which lil nas x turns round and steals quite a lot of the ideas from the cellophane mv for his personal mv…


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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.”


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“I believe what you might have accomplished is wonderful and I absolutely assist your expression and bravado in pushing tradition ahead for the queer group,” Twigs mentioned in her put up. “Legend standing.”

She went on: “I need to thank @andrewthomashuang and [choreographer] @kelyvon for serving to me create ‘Cellophane’ but additionally and most significantly I wish to thank intercourse staff and strippers for offering the bodily language to make each movies potential.”