It’s commonly known that AraabMuzik has made his present-day success through sampling, good sampling at that, so it’s sad to see information arise of the possible ripping off of Adam K’s remix of “4 AM” by Kaskade. The alleged plagiarized work is “Streetz Tonight” off AraabMuzik’s 2011’s huge record Electronic Dream, and is one of my personal favorites from the album, so naturally, after seeing the news on Pigeons and Planes, my first reaction was to listen to both AraabMuzik and Adam K’s remixes to see the similarities, and there are a few notable ones.
The real judgement on whether or not there is plagiarism afoot will apparently be judged in court, according to Adam K’s Facebook, which claimed “Ultra Music has been notified of this theft and will take appropriate actions”. The Facebook post went on to say that AraabMuzik “might be hearing from Ultra’s lawyer some time in the near future”, and I guess we’ll find out in the “near future” whether or not that’s a legitimate threat. There was a lot more said, including some harsh personal attacks made by Adam, calling him a fraud and a loser, but most notably saying “keep on pushin them mpc buttons 🙂 maybe you’ll push fast enough that they’ll give you a hit drum beat”. The response from the AraabMuzik camp will be an interesting one to see, all things considered.
This has all come at a pretty bad time, considering AraabMuzik has just released some pretty key information regarding his next album in an interview with Billboard, mentioning that he’ll be collaborating with DJ heavyweights Skrillex and Diplo for the album. This is another step in the battle against sampling and plagiarizing in music, which has been an issue the music world has been facing for a number of years.