The release of will.i.am’s new album #willpower was met with some controversy last week as the Grammy award winning artist was caught by the EDM community for heavily sampling Arty and Mat Zo’s song “Rebound” without their permission in his single with Chris Brown entitled, “Let Go.” He finally got the chance to sit down with Kiss FM to explain his actions: Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to Rebound this last year. I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him…but something happened and hopefully we can resolve the issue. It’s sad that it’s turned into a fiasco but hopefully it’s resolved, because I’m a fan of those guys. I contacted them last year and we’re fixing it now. It appears that will.i.am’s intentions were not as malicious as we had first assumed; nonetheless, justice shall be served and Arty, Mat Zo, and Anjunabeats will receive the credit and compensation they deserve.The most interesting thing about this whole fiasco was the reaction that it received from the EDM community via Twitter, Facebook, other news outlets, and word of mouth. It seemed like everyone was talking about what happened and will.i.am went from being a friend to a foe to a fool in a mere day for thinking we wouldn’t recognize the illegal use of “Rebound.” It just goes to show that the world is a lot smaller nowadays and that dance music lovers from around the globe will always bind together to protect the integrity of our music and of our artists.