Slated for a worldwide release on 16 February, Marvel's best bid as their next superhero blockbuster Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan officially released their soundtrack album co-produced by The Top Dawg Entertainment and twelve times Grammy victor Kendrick Lamar. Viktor had been contacted twice by the film's creators for permission to feature her work, the letter says, but she decided not to participate.
"They're stealing from African artists".
If you caught Q-Tip's Abstract Radio program on Beats 1 on Friday night (Feb. 9), you heard a great musical treat.
But she was stunned to find that they had duplicated her work anyway.
Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16, 2018.
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Lamar, Tiffith and Disney declined to comment.
She said that she turned down the offer because of the terms of the agreement, Entering into a deal with Marvel and Disney meant that she would forfeit certain artistic control. The Times article notes that the video's directors will likely build their case around the argument that the images used in the video are not exact duplicates of Viktor's work. "It's outrageous that they're taking advantage of her".
The Black Panther soundtrack album has been met with critical praise and has now skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes charts. There's no word if he plans to officially release it in the near future.
The visually striking music video is co-directed by Dave Meyers, alongside Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free (the creative duo known as "the little homies"). She added, "Cultural appropriation is something that continually happens to African-American artists, and I want to make a stand".