Lorde has accused Kanye West and Kid Cudi of “stealing” one of her stage set designs.
The rappers recently performed as their duo Kids See Ghosts for the first time at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as part of the Camp Flog Gnaw festival, from within a transparent cuboid box suspended above the stage.
Lorde used a similar box during her 2017 Coachella festival performance, and on her subsequent Melodrama world tour.
On her Instagram Story, Lorde posted a series of pictures of the two concerts, and sounded off about the comparison.
“I’m proud of the work that I do and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves,” she wrote in the final slide.
“But don’t steal—not from women or anyone else—not in 2018 or ever.”
New Instagram story of Lorde acknowledging Kanye’s fishtank stage design! pic.twitter.com/lhGFQBvlEc
— Lorde Daily (@LordeDaily) November 12, 2018
Lorde collaborated with the design company TAIT to add some drama to her Coachella set in the form of a levitating shipping container with transparent walls that emerged from beneath the stage during her performances.
The company, which has worked on Olympics ceremonies, as well as with everyone from Cirque Du Soleil to Beyonce,not to mention helping Drake once fly a Ferrari over his audience, says the element provided an “innovative way to transform her set and choreography into a whole new setting.” Indeed, it was such a success that Lorde decided to take the rig on tour with her.
You can see it in action during the Vancouver stop of that tour here:
And you can see Kanye and Cudi’s similar setup here:
Interestingly, TAIT has also collaborated with Kanye in the past by doing the set design for his joint Watch the Throne tour with Jay-Z back in 2011.
Kanye also has a history of calling out people he believes stole his own stage designs.
During an October 2016 stop of his Saint Pablo Tour (which featured a flying stage), Kanye claimed, “This the original, accept no imitations! You with the rap God right now. N****s be copying our shit, bro. Stealin’ our sh*t, stealin’ our stages. Copying our sh*t one-to-one.”
Many people suspected he was talking about the South African rapper Cassper Nyovest, who also used a flying stage in his performances, but Cassper went on social media at the time to point out that his flying stage preceded Kanye’s by a year.
Kanye West hasn’t responded to Lorde’s comments, though he has further postponed his forthcoming new album, Yandhi. It was originally scheduled for 29 September, then rescheduled for 23 November.
In the wake of his performance with Kid Cudi West tweeted, “It felt so good being on the stage last night with my brother Cudi. After performing again, I realize the new album I’ve been working on isn’t ready yet. I’ll announce the release date once it’s done. Thank you for understanding.”