In case you missed it, video surfaced on Sunday of ex-Transformers star and walking performance-art installation Shia LaBoeuf showing off his freestyle-rap skills. And, well, it’s not bad…especially as far as actors go:
LaBoeuf’s “Prince of Zamunda” braid notwithstanding, this was an impressive debut. Or, at least it would’ve been if LaBoeuf’s fatal flaw didn’t make itself clear: his tendency to “pay homage” to previously existing work. Or, to be less charitable, to plagiarize.
If you’ll remember, Shia was busted for making a short film that “was inspired” by a 2007 Daniel Clowes comic called Justin M. Damiano. Rather, pieces of it were lifted outright. LaBoeuf would pull said short from the internet and apologize for his oversight on Twitter: “In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation.” (Turns out his apology was, itself, “heavily influenced” by a post on Yahoo Answers.)
So, back to MC Shia the Beef. As spotted by radio host and cultural critic Jay Smooth, those rhymes might not be genuine, either:
Parts of that Shia Lebeouf rap are plagiarized from this track by the Anomolies https://t.co/D8KxrMvny3 (starting at 0:49)— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) June 29, 2015
I guess that prince’s lock didn’t come with any sense of nobility.
Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor or Playboy.com. All of his rhymes are stolen from the Berenstein Bears.