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Friday, 8 April 2011

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Justin Thyme, founder and lead singer of the rap band "Beetroot To Me" is in deep water with J.K.Rowling after the release of his latest song "Rake N' Vac" from his album "Plagiarhythm". Rowling's followers of course do not believe in plagiarism but that doesn't stop their idol dragging many people into court whom she suspects of it.

Some of the lyrics have caused alarm and consternation in the Rowling camp and her lawyers Schillings have launched proceedings against the band and its record label. They also want the name of the album changed and all copies of it withdrawn from shops.

The multi-million case for defamation was instigated by Rowling herself who heard the song for the first time while visiting a coffee shop in Edinburgh. The rap song is based on a hit TV advertising jingle of the early 1980's.

The TV ad showed actress Jenny Logan, dancing around a typical British living room in high heels while shaking a carpet powder onto the floor and vacuuming it up. She appears to be singing the jingle, "You do the Shake N' Vac to put the freshness back etc""(wikipedia). Writers of the jingle say they are "very pleased" that Justin had asked them if they could use their song. Here's the offensive lyrics.

RAKE N' VAC

Rowling in dough, rolling in dough.
What's to know? Way to go.
Don't be a hack, dem words you lack
Is up on the racks
In the paper...backs.
You grab the best book
You know how to cook

You know how to read
You know how to look
You is almost there -
A blockbuster book. Yoooo!


(Chorus): Re-com-bine, re-com-bine,
Mine all mine. Mine all mine.
Re-com-bine line after line.

You knows I want what I can never own
I want dat man's genius for my very own.
I can do dat, just show me what.
I can do dat. Gimme dat.

(Chorus): Gimme dat book, gimme gimme dat.
Gimme dat theme gimme gimee dat.
Gimme dat plot gimme gimme dat
Gimme gimme gimme dat book!

Re-com-bine, re-com-bine.
Dat's all I gotta do, re-com-bine.
Tell me what to write
And I'll show you mine.
Rowling in dough.
I'm gonna be rolling in dough.

Re-com-bine, re-com-bine,
Mine all mine. Mine all mine.
Re-com-bine line after line.
Re-com-bine let me shine.


Who gonna say now I cannot write
When all my sources are out of sight?
All gone and dead their names forgot
I do my rake n' vac on their paperbacks.
One more crook among the best crooks.
I'm the biggest crook among the fast crooks.

Re-com-bine, re-com-bine.
Everything I read
Gonna make it mine.


Ya do the rake n' vac
Get myself a legal pack
Keep dem lawsuits offa my back
Who gonna know I's a thievin' quack?
Re-com-bine, re-com-bine.
Everything I read
Gonna make it mine.
Everything I read
Gonna make it mine.

(Chorus): Re-com-bine, re-com-bine,
Mine all mine. Mine all mine.
Re-com-bine line after line.
Line after line.
Line after line.

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