Copycat? SA stars accused of imitating American artists

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<h3>We’ve heard it many times. “Oh, ‘so and so’ just released a new song? It sounds just like (insert American singer’s name here)”</h3>
Considering that Hollywood, and America as a whole, have had a massive impact on international entertainment, it comes as no surprise to learn that celebrities from around the world borrow sounds from their US counterparts

You can get away with this in South Africa for the most part, but if you borrow too heavily from an American artist then the feedback isn’t always positive.
<h2>Here are a few local musicians who’ve been accused of “copying” the sounds of established American artists</h2>
<h2 style="text-align: center;">Boity – Cardi B</h2>
<p style="text-align: center;">Boity is barely a month into her rap career but she’s already drawing comparisons (whether favourable or not is up to you to decide!) with American rapper, Cardi B.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">Boity’s song <em>Wuz Dat</em> showed off her impressive, confident delivery but a few fans felt like they’d heard something similar before…</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Boity out here sounding like Cardi B. 😩😩😩😩 <a href="https://t.co/sSiI5FWhIp">pic.twitter.com/sSiI5FWhIp</a></p>
— Christopher (@Samuel14122417) <a href="https://twitter.com/Samuel14122417/status/1035263412979331073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<h2 style="text-align: center;">Cassper Nyovest – Meek Mill</h2>
<p style="text-align: center;">Cassper Nyovest has been compared to a number of American artists but the reference that comes up most often is Meek Mill.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">From as early as 2014, many local fans have accused Cassper of sounding like the Philadelphia-born rapper.</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Cassper &amp; Meek Mill <a href="//t.co/Xqu4aQlugF">pic.twitter.com/Xqu4aQlugF</a></p>
— Radebe. (@_Mandisa) <a href="https://twitter.com/_Mandisa/status/641573445889884161?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<h2 style="text-align: center;">FOUR – <em>One Direction</em></h2>
<p style="text-align: center;">Remember SA boyband, FOUR (who only had three members)? It’s easy to compare any boyband to <em>One Direction</em>, but not only did this trio sound like their UK counterparts; they also share a similar claim to fame.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">Both bands were discovered on their respective versions of <em>The</em> <em>X-Factor,</em> they shared similar style and image, and of course they sang about love and heartbreak all the time.</p>
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<h2 style="text-align: center;">Jeremy Loops – Ed Sheeran</h2>
<p style="text-align: center;">Before Jeremy Loops fans come for me – your boy sounds NOTHING like Ed Sheeran vocally… but I can’t be the only person who thought of Ed Sheeran when Jeremy first stepped out with a loop pedal and created all his beats on stage with no accompaniment.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">As well as this, dozens of fans have dubbed Jeremy Loops the “South African Ed Sheeran”.</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Jeremy Loops and Ed Sheeran have the same shtick. Hence I say… Loop stations are cool</p>
— EasyMacWithTheCheesyRaps (@Tatiboi__) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tatiboi__/status/589887595829710848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 19, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/EdSheeran_ZA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EdSheeran_ZA</a> jeremy loops is a good musician tho..not taking anything away from him. Just that….ed sheeran!!</p>
— Malusi innit (@XhosaShinobi) <a href="https://twitter.com/XhosaShinobi/status/589893410250698752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 19, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<h2 style="text-align: center;">Nadia Nakai – Nicki Minaj</h2>
<p style="text-align: center;">For as long as Nadia Nakai has been a rapper, she has been compared to Nicki Minaj.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">Everything from her style, to her fashion sense to her barbie-doll-like looks (and it doesn’t help that Nicki nicknamed herself Barbie). Both women also share a deep love for the colour pink.</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Nadia Nakai is the poor version of Nicki Minaj😂✋🏻</p>
— KE SHARP (@danielmarven) <a href="https://twitter.com/danielmarven/status/919996936597524480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<h2 style="text-align: center;"><em>Prime Circle – Creed</em></h2>
<p style="text-align: center;">The Prime Circle/Creed comparison has been something of a running joke for the past decade.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">However, when listening to Ross Learmonth from <em>Prime Circle</em> one can’t help but be reminded of <em>Creed</em> lead singer, Scott Stapp.</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">"The Creed of South Africa."
– <a href="https://twitter.com/inkandstring?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@inkandstring</a> on Prime Circle.</p>
— Dom. dom. doooomm (@dom_rollino) <a href="https://twitter.com/dom_rollino/status/667653460624560128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Prime Circle is the Creed of Africa</p>
— MJ DU PREEZ (@DOKTRINE) <a href="https://twitter.com/DOKTRINE/status/532946309477847040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Prime Circle sounds like a diluted version of Creed. Yuck.</p>
— Musa (@MusaMDX) <a href="https://twitter.com/MusaMDX/status/142930111052775424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 3, 2011</a></blockquote>
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