Dean Responds To Plagiarism Accusations For

On August 12, Dean responded through Instagram posts to accusations that his track “Where” from Mnet’s “Show Me The Money 6” was plagiarized from DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One.”

In his initial post, which has since been deleted, Dean uploaded a video comparing “Where” with “I’m The One” stating, “What plagiarism. If using the synth bass is plagiarism then everything must be plagiarism. prod by me. I didn’t even use DJ Khaled’s song for reference.”

He explained, “The chords and progression are all completely different, but if it’s because the mood is similar then all the songs in the world are plagiarized. Please don’t show off your ignorance. P.S send it to DJ Khaled and ask him if it’s plagiarism or not.”

In a second post, which replaced his initial post, Dean gave a more in-depth explanation backing up his position. He said, ” First of all, “I’m The One” is in G while “Where” is in AB. The chord progression, key, drum pattern, and all other areas are different. What you all think is similar is the synth bass and instruments but many genres, not just hip-hop, use synth bass.”

He continued, “If it’s plagiarism because of the instruments, then all similar songs made by other producers are plagiarized. This may be a show to some people, but for artists it is a product of a lot of time and energy and is our life.”

On August 11, Mnet’s “Show Me The Money 6” carried out its team battle mission. In the episode, Team Zico & Dean beat Team Jay Park & Dok2. However, because of the battle, there were suspicions that Team Zico & Dean plagiarized DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One.”

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