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BTS’s Rap Monster Apologizes Following Accusations of Plagiarized Lyrics


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BTS’s Rap Monster has spoken up and apologized with regard to issues raised about the source of some of his lyrics.

On December 1, Twitter user @wevebeenhere posted a string of tweets as he became aware of some of Rap Monster’s lyrics that seemed to have been plagiarized.

He first says, “The kind of people that I hate the most are the ones that take words from other people’s lives and take and use them like it’s nothing. What do you gain from that. When this happens to people I care about, it makes me so angry, and I have no intention of giving away my words like that. Do I need to protect my tweets.”

He points out the line from Rap Monster’s rap in Primary’s “U,” in which Rap Monster says, “I’ll become your underline / Because you’re important.” The Twitter user says it’s something he had tweeted in 2014: “I can’t believe this. Rap Monster wrote it. He did it before with [@radiordinary]; it’s not just once or twice.”

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The Twitter user expresses his disappointment and anger, saying that because it’s something he had saved, wanting to use it an album title for the band he belongs to, he’s even more in disbelief, and says, “A rapper that makes raps, your self-respect is truly something.”

He goes on to mention the case with Twitter user @radiordinary’s tweet from October 2014, “If you lie with loneliness, the bed gets wider,” which Rap Monster also allegedly used in Primary’s “U.”

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“I remember that San E said for his latest single that he used a line from the poet Eun Oh. I don’t know if there are rights for tweets, but as an MC who writes his own lyrics, I think this is something to be very embarrassed about. Rap Monster.”

Twitter user @wevebeenhere then stated that he’s gathering files from his acquaintances and saving screenshots for potential legal action.

In a final tweet about the issue as of the current moment, @wevebeenhere posted a screenshot of a text he sent, in which he apologizes for posting harsh words, and explains that it was posted in anger. “Rap Monster, Let’s talk when MAMA is over.”

Rap Monster, currently in Hong Kong for the 2015 MAMA, responded with a full apology:

“Hello. This is BTS’s Rap Monster. I’m currently in Hong Kong for MAMA. Today is a really important day for BTS, but this issue is also very important and something I believe I must personally speak up about, so I’m leaving this message.

“This morning I found out from someone I know that issues were being raised with the source of some of my lyrics.

“First, I sincerely apologize. While this is merely the beginning, I also, as a creator, often experience difficulties. It’s impossible for me to create solely from internal inspiration and creativity; I receive inspiration from conversations with close friends, books that I like, movies, interviews, letters from fans. And if there’s anything that leaves an impression on me, I’ll write it down in my phone. While I’ve forgotten a lot, after receiving the criticism today and looking back, I think I’ve been doing this sort of thing without realizing. Writing without clearly remembering the source for the sole reason that I have songs to write, I was careless.

“It’s entirely my fault. If the person who first wrote the specific expression were to see, it’s definitely something to get upset and angry about. I will personally get into contact with everyone and do my best to take full responsibility.

“Once again, I sincerely apologize to those that pointed out my wrongs, as well as those who were affected by my actions. I want to thank and apologize to my fans, who are always supporting me despite my shortcomings. Rather than someone who thinks first of the difficulties of creative work, I will become someone who thinks first of a creator’s responsibility.

“Again, I sincerely apologize.”

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