Following yesterday's Yeezy presentation at Paris Fashion Week, the internet went wild for North West's surprise performance on the runway. The 6-year-old Kardashian-West performed a rap over fellow toddler, 5-year-old viral fashion icon ZaZa's original song, "What I Do?," which debuted last summer.
As Kim and Kanye were proud parents watching young North perform, others questioned their lack of credit to the song's original creator.
After North's performance, ZaZa's parents took to Instagram to explain the backstory behind "What I Do?", and to ask the Kardashian-Wests to acknowledge their inspiration.
Shortly after ZaZa's parents' Instagram post, Kim expressed her pride of North via Twitter, while also giving a little shout-out to ZaZa. She then commented on ZaZa's Instagram post, claiming she "didn't mean to not give credit where credit was due."
I’m so proud of my Northie!!!!!! Her 1st performance had me in tears! She had an impromptu performance on stage at… https://t.co/7nIY3wW78k— Kim Kardashian (@Kim Kardashian) 1583197979
While this seemed to resolve the matter at hand (ZaZa's parents posted Kim's comment to their story with the caption "All love, all good"), it brings to light a much larger, ongoing problem. Celebrities of Kardashian caliber are often caught referencing — or even appropriating — the work of lesser-known artists without giving credit (think: when Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" sounded a little too familiar to Princess Nokia's "Mine").
Naturally, Twitter users had a lot to say on the matter, below:
When ZaZa heard North West’s song https://t.co/tsvLeUcJux— Kevin McCallister's Architect (@Kevin McCallister's Architect) 1583194091
@KimKardashian @redcarpetZaZa lawd I hope ZaZa family don't fall for this! If this was the other way around they wo… https://t.co/Uz5C8Mo9cD— TwtMeme (@TwtMeme) 1583198253
Instead of just paying that lil girl Zaza to perform they gave it to North to ride her wave. Very on brand for this… https://t.co/bgUPEke8nv— Fossil/HAG INC. (@Fossil/HAG INC.) 1583186183
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