Will.i.am asked this Russian DJ who goes by Arty if he could license his electronic music mix ‘Rebound’ for use in his own song, ‘Let’s Go’. The Russian DJ never responded to the request. So, Will.i.am used it anyhow.
“Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to ‘Rebound’ this last year. I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it ’cause I asked him [to] make it newer ’cause I don’t just wanna take your song and rap over it.”
Something happened and the clearance… hopefully we resolved the issue.”
Yeah, you resolved the issue by stealing his music and then not admitting it until your song was released. Even if you interpreted his non-response as a ‘go for it’, why didn’t you pay for the track? I don’t listen to any of this crap, but I would like to see somebody go full Yakuza on Will.i.am and take a finger or step on his stupid glasses or something that will make him cry.