Jason Derulo I Didn't Rip D'Angelo Off

3/3/2016 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jason Derulo is trying to blunt criticism that he ripped off D'Angelo with his new torso-exposed music video.

Our photog got Jason at LAX Wednesday and asked about the copycat cover ... but Jason insists it's an homage to D'Angelo more than anything.

As for who looks hotter, he wouldn't answer, but you can.