Some things are too good to be true.
When Shia LaBeouf decided to spit a freestyle for all of the Internet to mock, you just knew there had to be a catch. It only took a day for something involving Shia to go full on Shia, because now the word is that Shia committed the ultimate rap crime: he allegedly stole his rhymes.
Yup, a female rap collective called The Anomolies is claiming Shia lifted the raps from their 1999 track “Perfectionist” and passed them off as a freestyle. You can hear the lines in question at the 45 second mark below.
“I recon you want more of that rare commodity/the quality is what it’s gotta be/and my philosophy is much farther than what your eyes can see.”
LaBeouf says the lines pretty much verbatim during his freestyle, leaving you to wonder why we can’t have good things. Granted, this probably isn’t the first time commodity, quality, gotta be and philosophy have been rhymed, but it seems pretty blatant here. Honestly though, I’m kind of impressed by Shia’s innate knowledge of obscure ’90s underground hip-hop.