A video of the actor "freestyle rapping" turned out to contain a line from a 1999 song.
If you've already seen this clip, I trust you didn't press play this time. Otherwise, you must be a masochist. The actor/weirdo/baghead made news the other day when this clip of him haltingly shouting some extremely weak rhymes was leaked online. It seemed like he'd finally found something he's bad at, but in an honest way.
Now, that illusion has died. It turns out that one of his lines was lifted verbatim from "Perfectionist," a 1999 song by rap collective Anomolies. The news was broken on Instagram by Anomolies' own Pri the Honeydark.
He won't reactivate that Battle MC inner being if he knows what's good for him.
(Instagram via Mashable)
In the line in question, LaBeouf raps, “rare commodity, the quality is what it's got to be, and my philosophy is much farther than what your eyes can see." "Perfectionist" contains the line: “I reckon you want more of that rare commodity, the quality is what it's got to be, and my philosophy is much farther than what your eyes can see." Pretty damning bars.
To be fair, nowhere in the video does LaBeouf claim that he's delivering an original freestyle. He certainly doesn't look like he's engaged in a battle with official rules. On the other hand, I doubt he gave a disclaimer about the line afterward. That doesn't seem like his style. Too classy.