Two members of the OPM group Ex Battalion — Flow G and Skusta Clee — are currently in hot water for allegedly plagiarizing one of the songs of international South Korean superstars BTS.
On Twitter, several fans called out Flow G and Skusta Clee for deliberately copying the rhythm in the rap line of the song “Ddaeng” by BTS members RM, Suga, and J-Hope in a song released back in September. Titled “Deym,” the song was released to promote a local clothing brand.
One netizen wrote: “Skusta Clee the biggest clown in music industry. Lol. Last year you used the beat of BIGBANG's ‘Bad boy’ now it's BTS’s ‘Ddaeng’. Wews. I respect all the local artist who creates their own music but sadly u are not an artist.”
Skustaclee the biggest clown in music industry lol last year you used the beat of BigBang's Bad boy now it's BTS Ddaeng wews I respect all the local artist who creates their own music but sadly u are not an artist. #SkustaCleeisGoingtoJailParty #SkustaCleeDugyotDeym— mary (@mariantntte) October 5, 2020
Another netizen mentioned Big Hit Entertainment — the group’s agency — and wrote:
@BigHitEnt. On behalf of our fandom ARMY, we want you to sue Skusta Clee, Flow G and their team because they plagiarize @BTS_twt rap line ‘DDAENG’, they copied all, the vibes and the beat. The title of their song is ‘DEYM’. The lyrics are trash. I hope they will get sued.”
Hello @BigHitEnt on behalf of our fandom ARMY, we want you to sue Skusta Clee, Flow G and their team because they plagiarized @BTS_twt rapline "DDAENG", they copied all, the vibes and the beat. The title of their song is "DEYM". The lyrics are trash, I hope they will get sued.— 𝔯𝔢𝔦 🇵🇭 (@marrymeMrKIM) October 5, 2020
Skusta Clee, Flow G & the Prod Team behind Deym w/c clearly plagiarized BTS Rapline's Ddaeng is the reason why in general PH rap is a trash. You want us to support locals yet you dont know how to respect other Artists artistry & hardwork. Ddaeng is a masterpiece, w/ words ++— ᴮᴱ Dovie⁷ (@4Dovie_Tinajora) October 4, 2020
the audacity of these filipino men who keep dragging down kpop artists specially bts and keep saying “sUpPoRt LocAlS” when they straightly plagiarised DDAENG by bts’ rapline. yes i’m talking to you SKUSTA CLEE, FLOW G and your entire PRODUCTION TEAM. pic.twitter.com/pwpxdjnSPv— zzzz (@zzzVxTaeTae) October 4, 2020
Some fans even shared side by side clips of the music videos produced by the two parties to show the apparent similarities between the two songs.
you be the judge:— ᴮᴱ clary⁷₁₃ 🌸 (@lovelykoopjm) October 4, 2020
right ear - ddaeng by bts;
left ear - deym by flow g ft. skusta clee
(i highly advise you to use earphone while listening to this)
note: i increased the speed of deym by a bit to match the bpm of each other pic.twitter.com/y509A2ic3O
Listen to the song in question — “Deym” — below:
Listen to “Ddaeng” below:
Following the backlash, Skusta Clee apologized to fans but fans deemed it insincere — prompting fans to make #SkustaCleeIsGoingToJailParty trend on Twitter.
“Hindi naman namin ginaya yon oy. Hiniram lang namin ‘yung beat vibe,” he wrote.
He wrote in another tweet: “Yeah hello BTS blinks. This is Skusta Clee. I would like to apologize in behalf of my team. I hope you forgive us all. Just please don’t focus on us. Focus on [the] coronavirus. Always wash your hands everyone. Peace out.”
He added: “Wag niyo na po palakihin ang pangyayari.”
Plagiarism is a crime. Skusta is a racist and a criminal. Also, trying to divert the issue and uses the virus as a scapegoat. Don't tolerate this kind of person if you want peace 😑 #SkustaCleeisGoingtoJailParty pic.twitter.com/5ltBFszbTZ— ᴮᴱake⁷ (@taekcare_) October 5, 2020
With several fans certain determined to make the two artists accountable, Skusta Clee decided to go private on Twitter where he has more than 757,000 followers.
Meanwhile, Flow G — whose real name is Archie Dela Cruz — took to Facebook to address the issue
“Gumamit ako ng ‘generic flow’, ‘generic words’, at ‘generic beat’ na pinagawa ko kay Flip-D para sa promotion video ng sarili kong brand. Sorry sa mga fans na ibang klase sumuporta sa mga idolo nila. Di ko kayo masisisi kung anong pumapasok sa isip nyo. Wag kayo mag alala naiintindihan ko kayo. Sana lahat ng taga hanga ganyan sumuporta,” he said.
Seemingly unbothered, he added by promoting his brand and stated: “At nagpost din po ako tungkol dito para din sa promotion ng brand. Bili na po kayo damit na malupit DEYM.”
In the comments section, he left a comment to BTS fans and said: “Hindi ako fan ng BTS at mas lalong hindi ako HATER. kaya yung mga comments against sa kanila hindi ko yan kailangan dito. Labas na ko jan sa mga nararamdaman niyo.”