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'Pants on the Ground'

A Rip-Off?!

1/27/2010 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"General" Larry Platt isn't the first person to sing about crooked hats and droopy pants -- and now a Michigan hip-hop duo is saying "Pants on the Ground" is a "take off" of a song they recorded back in 1996.

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The Green Brothers -- a rap group consisting of an elderly Platt-alike gentleman -- re-posted the music video for their song "Back Pockets on the Floor" this week -- and you're gonna be shocked at the similarity.

The group claims their lift-up-your-pants jam has "the same intent, idea and in part the same message" as the "American Idol" wannabeen's.

According to MyFoxDetroit, Gerald Green says the group "wishes Platt well" ... they just want their version heard too.

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I selpt with John Edwards, too!!!!!    

Hmmm....same rhythm, "hats backwards" compared to Platt's "hat turned sideways." "Pockets on the floor" compared to Platt's "pants on the ground?" All he did was change the direction of the hats and replaced ground with floor. Definitely a ripoff!!!!

1647 days ago
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I selpt with John Edwards, too!!!!!    

Wow, obviously a knockoff job

1647 days ago
18.

HENRY    

Pull Your Pants Up Movement THIS WAS IN 2007
Frustrated Mother Takes a Stand against Public Indecency


Atlanta, GA – Mickey Gardner, a single mother of three, is the founder and president of the “Pull Your Pants Up” Movement. She has currently partnership with some local Atlanta schools, and became an ireporter where she uploaded the Pull Ya Pantz Up video clip on www.ireport.com. The Pull Ya Pantz up video caught attention of Mr. Grayson Thagard Associate producer of “News to Me” CNN Headline News. The video clip aired twice in 2008 October and December it was highlighted as “WhatNot”. The Pull Ya Pantz Up Dance & video plays out like a stage play which is based on a true story, community events available to help stop the indecent exposure of children’s body parts.
This Pull Your Pants Up Movement is on a mission to help schools and educate parents on the importance of not wearing pants so baggy and saggy that their underwear, thongs and butt cracks shouldn’t be exposed. According to Ms. Gardner, “Obedience shouldn't be a choice that the kids make; it should be enforced by the parents.” She realizes the baggy pants issue has gotten out of control, so much so that the state of Louisiana posed a “Baggy Pants Bill.” Other states are jumping on the bandwagon and are beginning to enforce dress codes in schools that exclude wearing baggy pants. With tensions rising,
Ms. Gardner hopes that this movement does not cause any hatred or violence of any kind. Ms. Gardner’s position is that it is the parents’ responsibility to monitor what their children wear, especially if the children live at home. To help change this fashion trend which became a problem in her household with her older son Henry Johnson borrowing size 40 and 44 pants from his schoolmates and he only wears a size 30, the more she threw away the more she found. Ms. Gardner started at home first. She forbids her children from wearing baggy pants. She refused to spend her money on ridiculous oversized clothing and also encouraged her children to record two amazing rap songs about the subject of baggy pants along with a dance. Ms.Gardner is optimistic that by following a positive dress code, children will be able to have fun and still be decent and respectful at the same time. Ms Gardner joins together with A-List talent on a free Pull Ya Pants Up Say No To Drugs school Tour.

As a parent, Ms.Gardner offers the following words of wisdom:
1. Don't buy your children’s clothing three times their size. Make sure they wear a belt.
2. Teach them to respect their parents, as well as themselves and others.
3. Let your children know that dressing inappropriately and showing private parts is disrespectful with no moral value.



Please go to this site www.MLGENTERTAINMENT.com or www.myspace.com/pullyapantzup the new modern day pull your up is better because the teenagers dance to it...

1647 days ago
19.

Crazy Bennett    

In 1996 I was 16 --- who cares. "Pants on the ground" sucks!

1647 days ago
20.

Ric Marrero    

Don't all rap songs sound the same anyhow?

1647 days ago
21.

samson    

This original is SO much better than "Pants On The Ground"! It actually has a message, rather than just calling people "a fool". But the new version is definitely not a rip-off. It's not like older people telling the youngin's to fix their clothes is a new concept.

1647 days ago
22.

mike    

TMZ sucks...AOL had this story yesterday morning...and it is not a ripoff, it is not even close. Get a life and stop trying to bring everyone down...

1647 days ago
23.

GeneNash_com    

Just the phrase "pockets on the floor" is clunky, awkward, and not half as rhythmic "pants on the ground."

1647 days ago
24.

Debbie    

The Green Brothers had all these years to make this song famous and didn't. Platt made it famous and should get the credit. Just like Michael Jacksons THIS IS IT. Paul Anka did very little with the song and because of MJ it is now famous.

1647 days ago
25.

dr cyclops    

i actually wrote and performed a song much like this back in 1986 in tribute to run dmc/aerosmith performance..it was called "don wanna see yo underwear boy"...
I expect my laywers to be contacting the greenbean bros and private whatshisname by tomarrow demanding they pay me 1,000,000 dollors each,,thank you

1647 days ago
26.

denise    

Lmao he said "SPLAIN" to your kids. English please!

1647 days ago
27.

Renee    

Yes, it is extremely similar however, the message needs to be conveyed and maybe the "Generals" version will finally get these people to get their "Pants off the ground!"HeeHee
Renee, Oklahoma

1647 days ago
28.

Chris    

What garbage. The older song is a real song (a really bad song), and the new Platt song is novelty, with only a few different words, and WAY catchier. Completely different tune, and almost 100% different phrasing. What are the 50% of people who say it's a ripoff hearing that I'm not hearing?

1647 days ago
29.

fordtocarr    

They both are great with a great message. There are tons of songs with the same names and messages..look at love songs. Let it go. They are both trying to do a good thing.

1647 days ago
30.

dr cyclops    

well they could be out selling drugs or humping their aunt..hee hee heeeeee

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