Toby Keith is certainly no stranger to controversy--the outspoken singer is well-aware that he often draws ire with his lyrics or opinions. But, here's a little confrontation that I'm sure not even he saw coming.
Keith's latest single from his upcoming album, scheduled for release October 24, is called "Red Solo Cup" and he's released a humorous (albeit somewhat Beavis-And-Butthead-ish) video to accompany it. All fine and good, right?
Well, according to a report from a popular San Antonio-based DJ, fans of a local hip-hop artist named Carlton Zeus are claiming Keith stole the concept from Zeus's tune "Sharpie Solo Cup," which he released more than a year ago.
Although the two songs sound nothing alike--except for the fact that both celebrate the age-old and not particularly original practice of partying--Zeus fans are making comments such as "thief," "most definitely not original," and "credit should be given" on Keith's video.
Taking things a bit far? Shall I let you determine for yourselves? I present to you Keith's "Cup" vs. Zeus's video.
Well, one thing's for sure. Zeus may have leaped on the "Solo Cup" idea first, but unfortunately he doesn't have a video featuring (among others) Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, Roger Clemens, Carrot Top...oh yeah, and Eric Church smoking something we are sure is totally legal (naturally). Keith's video additionally wins for its sheer number of hot girls in skimpy outfits (also naturally).
Zeus himself doesn't seem too perturbed by any alleged ripoff. In fact, he released a clearly humorous "response" video on YouTube in which he eats lunch while addressing the situation. "I don't know how I feel about it," he deadpans in between bites of food. "I'm just eating my chicken...They say time heals the soul."
Hey, you know, I kind of like this Carlton kid. I bet Toby does too!
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