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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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31.

Echo    

Their song is slow and boring.

1545 days ago
32.

Just sayin'    

Don't care. Just stop with the pants hanging off your @ss!!!

1545 days ago
33.

Just sayin'    

Funny how styles come and go yet for some reason they won't let go of this nasty "style". I remember back in the early 90's when people started this crap and people are STILL wearing their pants off their butts! Let it go already! How about you start a NEW STYLE where your pants actually FIT!

1545 days ago
34.

appaulledwilly    

if rappers can steal beats and sample other peoples music: I say the General was inspired

1545 days ago
35.

AStorm    

I can't believe anyone would even waste their time saying that "we had our version out first." It's stupidity for a stupid song. Get over it!

1545 days ago
36.

Mikey    

Is that Bob Dylan in black face?!

1544 days ago
37.

Joe Jackson is illiterate    

Listen, it is not impossible for 2 people who have never met each other, or heard the other's "thing' to come up with the same idea,lyrics etc on the same subject. Why is it that you have to COPY something because it is similar to someone else's?? Have you ever heard about "Great minds think alike." I don't believe Platt copied anything from anyone, consciously or NOT. This disgusting trend would cause any old person to protest against it in one way or the other; Platt did not, I am sure take the time to research this no-name not-known group's work.

1544 days ago
38.

Wellington    

Coincidentally, I posted this last night for another article.

Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young singing "Pants on the Ground".

Very, very funny and clever. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2WfUzNYPwo

1544 days ago
39.

Whatever    

The "original" version is horrible and I could only see it ever being used as an instrumental maybe in some cheap porno. Platt had the balls to actually make something of the song which has similarities but by no means is a copy of what the losers in the video were trying to accomplish. Let the old man be for god sake, good for him.

1544 days ago
40.

DeeWA2009    

For GOODNESS SAKE! There are all kinds of songs about the same subject. Maybe a tiny bit in there, but I didn't think they sounded similar at all. Even the words were WAY DIFFERENT. The General's was a CATCHY SHORT LITTLE DITTY, the other more sing-songy. Theirs would have NEVER caught on (AND DIDN'T) the way The General's did. They're just trying to catch in on something THEY DIDN'T DO...
GO GENERAL!!!

1544 days ago
41.

Quinitia    

What a load of nonsense. The only similarity is the topic.

1544 days ago
42.

Vanessa Kaye    

That don't sound not even remotely close to Pants on the Ground lmao. But, the message is the same. But that's as far as the similiarites go.

1544 days ago
43.

jsstevens    

Being a writer, I'm sensitive to plagarism. And I honestly don't think it's a rip off. And influence, perhaps. Art influences art, and the General adding fresh words and his own beat to the similar underlying message.

1544 days ago
44.

Jamfest    

Both rap songs are based on the same theme but I don't see a rip-off.

http://www.jamaica-fact-fest.com

1544 days ago
45.

frankiestage    

Similar message, different song.

1544 days ago
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