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Kanye West and Kid Cudi made their live debut of the duet project “Kids See Ghosts” this weekend in Los Angeles—with a set design allegedly stolen from Lorde.
The performance was met by criticism, specifically from Lorde, who claimed that the “Kids See Ghost” stage design was an uncredited replica of her own.
Lorde shading Kanye, I stan pic.twitter.com/6ntOYYKDyj
— Melodrama Forever✨ (@ToveLover12) November 12, 2018
Lorde posted a series of photos to her Instagram story from her “Melodrama” tour on Monday and the Kids See Ghosts set, both featuring a floating glass box with electric colors. “I’m so proud of the work I do and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves,” Lorde wrote on the last photo, from her own tour. “But don’t ever try to steal – not from women or anyone else.”
The annual Camp Flog Gnaw is a music festival created and hosted by rapper Tyler, the Creator; 2018 also featured ASAP Rocky, the Internet, SZA, and Jaden Smith.
One Reddit user pointed out that West and Lorde share a stage designer named Es Devlin, who has not commented on the controversy. Fans have expressed support for the all artists involved, some arguing that West has used the floating stage concept before.
But didn’t she steal the floating stage idea from Kanye from his saint Pablo tour then? pic.twitter.com/dsDYwDhuQ3
— Fellaini's Elbow (@elbowmanfelli) November 12, 2018
kanye is a megastar and lorde isnt even pulling 10 million monthly spotify streamers. i doubt he knows about a one hit wonders tour setup.
— Nayy (@Swvred) November 12, 2018
Kanye has every creative in the world on call to help him design his stage but steals Lorde's design instead. pic.twitter.com/N2IQwxS0w7
— kyle g. (@kyleg182) November 12, 2018
lorde going from being heavily inspired by kanye’s originality to him stealing her original stage concept goes to show that women are the future
— ty olin (@abilittyl) November 12, 2018
It’s not the first time West has been accused of stealing ideas. When the rapper visited the White House, he presented a 6-year-old idea for an iPlane 1 as his own. A Yeezus campaign this summer was also criticized for reappropriating fashion design.
West and Kid Cudi have not responded to Lorde’s accusations.
Alexis Tatum studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Orange magazine and the Daily Texan.