Black Eyed Peas vs. Phoenix Phenom

Patrick just sent me this article from

Apprently the Black Eyed Peas are being sued by Songwriter Manny Mohr and singer Ebony Batts (aka Phoenix Phenom) for the similarity of their song “Boom Dynamite” (2008) and the Black Eyed Peas hit “Boom Boom Pow” (2009);

” ‘Boom Boom Pow,’ as a whole, is substantially similar to ‘Boom Dynamite,’ and the hook portions of both songs are so strikingly similar that there can be no other reasonable explanation but that the Black Eyed Peas copied plaintiffs’ song,” the suit states.

Mohr and Batts note that they released “Boom Dynamite” in January 2008 and posted a video to YouTube around the same time. They then submitted the song to Interscope Records, the Peas’ record label, as part of a package intended to get band member Stacy Ann Ferguson, also known as Fergie, to sing on a track with Batts.

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The Huffington Post also reports that the,  “lawsuit, filed this week, seeks damages from each of the Peas individually, as well as from Interscope and Universal Music Group. They are also asking for a share of the profits and future songwriting credit.

Here are a few snippets from both tracks:

Phoenix Phenom - "Boom Dynamite" (2008)

Black Eyed Peas - "Boom Boom Pow" (2009)

I made these clips because the chorus breaks in both song are both using an auto-tune/vocoder type of effect:
Phoenix Phenom - "Boom Dynamite" (2008)

Black Eyed Peas - "Boom Boom Pow" (2009)

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7 Replies to “Black Eyed Peas vs. Phoenix Phenom”

  1. Bobavedd

    It doesn’t sound at all like boom boom pow. THey are crazy !! They just try to get some money because two words in their song are the same. Come on… Phoenix Phenom is a loser…

  2. Futureboycolin

    Learn how to speak English Bobavedd, and dig the wax out of your ears. CLEARLY a ripoff, or failing that, a “subconscious,” “unintentional” tribute.

    Also ironic that Fergie sings “…Them chickens jackin’ my style, they try to copy my swagger…”

  3. Silverrocket

    Pretty much all music of this genre sounds the same to me…I mean, really. It’s fucking horrible. Might make a buck, but it still blows harder than a prostitute in LA…I suppose they are prostitutes.


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