UPDATE 2: Will.i.am admits to stealing from Mat Zo and Arty

UPDATE: Mat Zo responds to the allegations and his reason behind leaving Twitter. Scroll to the bottom of the post to read his comment.

Earlier today VEVO uploaded the audio track from an up and coming album by Will.i.am featuring Chris Brown. Recent buzz on social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook has led to believe that Will’s track “Let’s go” is a blatant copy  of the trance hit Rebound by Arty and Mat Zo. The latter artist, Mat Zo, recently deleted his twitter account as well his own personal website in what some claim that he said, “It was the best decision in his life”.  

However, the real issue is did Will.i.am actually rip off of “Rebound“? Arty on twitter seems to think so.



But we’d like to know what you think, did Will steal “Rebound” or is it just coincidence…

Despite almost having the same chords and progression, the tracks do have their differences. None of which couldn’t have been produced inside of a studio.

and here is Rebound… despite their differences for a musician like Arty to say that it’s a “sample from a master file” is something to definitely consider.


Update: The track Big Bang also uploaded today has, note for note the same progression as Sandro Silva and Quitino’s Epic around 2:15, also Big Bang is eerily similar to Mike Candys’ remix of The Night You Murdered Love at 3:10.

Big Bang.

Sandro Silva and Quintino at :45

Mike Candys at 3:10

UPDATE: Chris Brown has chimed in attempting to clear his name with this tweet:

 UPDATE 2: Mat Zo’s response to the whole ordeal:

(Im really glad I deleted my twitter account so that I’m not inclined to say what I’m about to say in under 140 characters)

I really and truely appreciate all the support you are giving me and Arty in response to Will I Am’s copyright infringement. However, this doesnt excuse the horrific abuse youre sending the way of Will I Am and Chris Brown, and it especially doesnt excuse being racist.

You dont need to defend me or Arty. Producers often wait their whole careers for a commercial act to fuck up and sample their track without asking permission. Arty and I are not bitter about this, more suprised. We knew Will I Am was interested in this track, but we declined working with him at the time.

To conclude, perhaps it is better to invest your energy into supporting ‘Rebound’ instead of spewing shit at Will I Am and Chris Brown. The reason I left twitter was to aleviate myself from outbreak the verbal diarrhea which I had caught and which im seeing all over the internet today.

Thank you 🙂