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Will.i.am Admits to Borrowing 'Let's Go' Beat Without Permission

Producer sampled Arty and Mat Zo's 'Rebound' without clearing rights

April 23, 2013 4:10 PM ET
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Will.i.am admitted to borrowing a beat from the Arty and Mat Zo song "Rebound" during an interview with KIIS-FM today. He sampled it for his own track "Let's Go" featuring Chris Brown.

A few days ago on Twitter, Arty pointed out that no one had cleared the sample rights with his label, Anjunabeats. Until this morning, Will.i.am remained silent on the subject.

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"Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to 'Rebound' this last year," Will.i.am said on KISS-FM, USA Today reports. He continued, "I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it because I asked him [to] make it newer, because I don't just want to take your song and rap over it. But in a year's time, time's gone by [and] we preferred writing over and using the [original] 'Rebound.' Something happened and the clearance. . . hopefully, we resolved the issue."

"Let's Go" appears on Will.i.am's latest solo effort, #willpower, which was released this week on Interscope.

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