Black Eyed Peas Accused of Ripping Off Erykah Badu's "Honey" Video
2015 marks 20 years since Atban Klan, a little group signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records at the time, changed their name to the Black Eyed Peas. From there, the group went on to be an absolute powerhouse for pop music, spawning 3 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and many more that also achieved Top 40 status. Before all of this Pop success, the group's sound was more Hip-Hop oriented, with will.i.am citing Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest as a huge influence on their sound in the early days.
Taking it back to their roots, the group decided to kick off the 20th anniversary celebrations with "Yesterday", a song (and accompanying video) that explores the group's origins and the music that shaped their sound:
While the song itself may serve as a breath of fresh and originality for the Peas, the video...not so much. Earlier today, Erykah Badu called out the group, claiming they "borrowed" the idea for the video from her VMA award-winning classic, "Honey":
However, it seems like Erykah isn't all that mad. After jokingly threatening to "beat up will.i.am" the singer said that she was "Flattered" by the video, calling it "Cute nonetheless".
Do you think that this concept "borrowing" was intentional, or was it really an honest mistake on behalf of the Peas?