Drake surprised his fans on Friday by dropping the two-track EP Scary Hours without warning, but the "Hotline Bling" rapper was treated to a surprise of his own after he was accused of stealing the cover art used for his latest release.
Houston-based producer Rabit made the claim, Billboard reports, alleging that the Scary Hours EP cover art bears a striking resemble to a poster from his 2015 Communion Tour. He posted a side-by-side comparison on Instagram as proof, showing the graphics used for his 2015 poster, illustrated by artist Colin Fletcher, alongside the cover of Drake's latest EP.
"Today I wake up to see OVO has redone one of my 2015 tour posters designed by @collindfletcher for Drake's new single," Rabit wrote in the caption.
Read his full post below.
Rabit also addressed the situation in a statement to Pitchfork, saying, "This is a story that too many artists, musicians, and designers identify with. Hopefully this results in a larger conversation about popular culture's relationship to underground artists."
OVO later addressed the controversy in a statement to Billboard, explaining, "OVO didn't source this artwork, they were presented it — it's common to be presented with a whole pile of work to choose from that is referenced off older art."
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