Dear T-Pain, “Brown Twitter” Really? FYI, 500 Million Indians Use the Internet

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Dear T-Pain, “Brown Twitter” Really? FYI, 500 Million Indians Use the Internet

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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o unto others as you’d have them do unto you. It’s a simple concept, one that we’re taught as children. So why is everyone acting surprised that T-Pain’s latest song lifted a Bollywood track’s beat, when our Indian composers have been ripping off the work of Western artists for decades? If Anu Malik and Pritam can make a career out of plagiarised compositions, surely T-Pain is allowed one little beat to sample on his track?

I didn’t get to hear the track in question, “That’s Yo Money”, because by the time I got around to looking it up, YouTube had already taken it down. Surely, this must have caused Mr T much pain, since YouTube allows even TikTok compilations and Dhinchak Pooja’s “music” videos to remain on the site.

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