Homage or ripoff? Beyoncé’s Run The World (Girls) vs. M.I.A.’s Boyz

Here’s Beyoncé – Run The World (Girls)

And here’s M.I.A. – Boyz

From the title, to the sound, to the video, there’s alot of overlap, to say the least.

5 responses to “Homage or ripoff? Beyoncé’s Run The World (Girls) vs. M.I.A.’s Boyz

  1. If MIA didn’t produce B’s track then it’s a ripoff.

    • smartpeopleiknow

      I don’t think she did produce it, but whoever did certainly appears to be aware of MIA’s video. I would not be surprised to hear Beyonce was inspired by it. There is alot of….sampling….in music videos. I am not surprised when people take things from MIA: she is innovative.

  2. Zachary Yang

    Ok, Beyonce ripping off MIA’s Boyz is a joke. Beyonce worked on “Run the World” with MIA’s producers so Beyonce’s new song definitely has a MIA sound, whom I have been a fan of for years. It’s just time music like MIA’s hits mainstream, and if ANYONE copied off MIA’s Boys it was Rihanna stealing the whole video concept for her video “Rude Boy”. And whoever is the owner of writing this article needs to get their sources and come correct next time, because Beyonce and MIA are both great artists and great friends. MIA even states in a recent interview,” She’s like super. She’s like harder, faster, stronger. In our lifetime, Beyoncé will be a classic, like how people talk about Aretha Franklin. ” Don’t get it twisted.

    • smartpeopleiknow

      Thanks for your feedback, Zachary. Like you said, though, don’t get it twisted, in this case, my post. I actually didn’t know anything about the relationship with Beyonce and MIA, though that is good to know. That’s why I phrased it as a question. There is alot of overlap and I was curious about that.

      It’s interesting you mentioned Rude Boy by Rhianna. I wrote about the very thing here: https://smartpeopleiknow.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/boys-rhiannas-rude-boy-m-i-a-s-boyz-and-that-boy-from-the-80s-keith-haring/ BTW, the director of that video also steals heavily from Keith Haring. Directors do this all the time in music videos, it seems. Ke$ha’s “Your Love is my Drug” lifts alot of the animation right from Peter Max, which is something I consider homage, since Peter Max is associated with the psychedelic 60s and the drug reference works. That’s why I found it striking to see so much overlap in the songs (though there are lots of differences, too).

  3. The song is Major Lazer – pon de floor, I know that is the same producer Diplo, but I really don’t understand the necessity of doing the same beat, he is so creative and she is brilliant! love the video, love the music but is just like a nice “deja vú”