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About that Shia LaBeouf freestyle rap

Maybe he's not so much a perfectionist.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Jun 29, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 11:20 am CDT

A new Shia LaBeouf video is enrapturing the Internet, and this time he’s not screaming, he’s freestyle “rapping“: 

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It’s not clear when this was shot or where LaBeouf is, but he makes a Transformers reference during his middling freestyle to give it a personal angle. However,  his freestyle might not be that original

On Sunday, emcee Pri the Honeydark called out LaBeouf in an Instagram post, saying the actor “straight stole bars from the song “Perfectionist”, written, recorded and performed by my ANOMOLIES crew members @invincibledet and @helixxwashere in 1999!” 

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The all-female Anomalies rap crew formed in the late ’90s and featured Pri, Helixx, and Detroit rapper Invincible, among others. Apparently the rip-off starts around the 0:40 mark. 

Sure, much of rap music is borrowed and/or sourced from other people’s samples, but this wouldn’t be the first time LaBeouf’s been accused of ripping someone off.  

H/T Watch Loud | Photo via DoD News Features/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jun 29, 2015, 3:45 pm CDT