Kanye West is being accused of stealing an artist’s work … again.
West has come under fire over the Yeezy Season 6 campaign photos released last week. Many of the photos, shot by Eli Russell Linnetz, bare a striking resemblance to a 2015 photo series by artist Rita Minissi.
Diet Prada, an Instagram account dedicated to spotting knockoffs, was first to notice.
“Another day, another Kanye rip,” the account posted over the weekend. “It’s pretty messed up when you consider the original work by Rita Minissi explores identity and was inspired by dealing with personal trauma and a resulting desire to reconnect with her own body.”
The artist herself took notice shortly after, calling out Kanye in a series of side-by-side comparisons posted on her Instagram story.
Minissi also screenshot a text conversation where she said she received a threatening message on Instagram saying she “must have a death wish to be f***ing with ye.” She added, “I am one person, without a production team, feeling indescribably overwhelmed.”
While Kanye West has yet to chime in, it’s worth noting the rapper has been accused of lifting other artist’s work before.
Earlier this year, ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman called him out for ripping off a 13-year-old sketch and passing it off as a Yeezy design with Spackman’s date whited out.
West explained that “a newly hired designer on the Yeezy team presented work that was not of their own,” adding the former employee was let go immediately after.
Ever-controversial Kanye is no stranger to digging in the far reaches of the internet for inspiration. Is Ye just showing his creative process with inspiration images or claiming the work to be his own? Photoshopping out the title of the sketch in the top left corner is pretty much a dead giveaway lol. The original by designer @tonyspackman was done in 2005 for a @nike collection called "Living Apparel" which eventually became "Nike React", a running collection grounded in freedom of movement and human comfort. Can we just call it Yee💤y now? 😴 • #yeezy #kanyewest #kanye #kimye #theft #inspiration #illustration #design #fashiondesign #sportswear #streetwear #athleisure #nike #streetstyle #running #nikerunning #hypebeast #highsnobiety #snobshots #wiwt #ootd #copycat #knockoff #wtf #dietprada