Rapper Uses Photo Without Credit, Tells Content Director to 'Shut the F*** Up'

Rapper Uses Photo Without Credit, Tells Content Director to 'Shut the F*** Up'

Well, that escalated quickly. When Detroit-based Rapper Danny Brown used Photographer Michelle Grace Hunder's photograph without attribution, a simple credit request was met with a less than mature response. It only devolved from there.

​Celebrities using photos without permission or credit is not a new problem, though most of the time, it's resolved without a major issue. The few times it becomes an issue, there might be an exchange of words, or the post might be deleted out of misguided spite. Danny Brown's recent exchange with Nic Kelly, content manager for Project U, might be the bottom of the barrel when it comes to these situations. It started with a pretty polite request that received a less than polite response:

Brown responded by tweeting: "Did I ask for a muthaf***a to take my picture?? ... Well shut the f*** up then!!!!! Note to all photographers!!!! ... If u want credit for your pictures then don't take any of me if I didn't ask u to!!! ... F*** outta here!!" 

Kelly quickly pointed out that by approving the presence of photographers on his set, Brown was implicitly asking for their presence, though in fairness to both parties, he did so with less professionalism than might have been desirable: "You approved photographers to shoot your set, you f***ing numpty."

The situation is still evolving, but as it stands now, both Kelly and Brown seem to be threatening a physical confrontation. I have to say: I'm not impressed by the behavior from either side. The actual photographer of the image in question seems to have summed it up best:

https://twitter.com/MichelleGHunder/status/726607919102328833

Remember, when placed in these situations, even if you can't sway the offending party, your professionalism (or lack thereof) is on public display. 

Note: In the meantime, some tweets have been deleted. All quotes in this article have been taken from the original tweets.

Lead image by Eli Watson and used under Creative Commons.

[via Reddit]

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37 Comments

Paul Watt's picture

Well now I know who not to take photos of if he comes to town.

Toby Hawkins's picture

I don't even know who he is.

Paul Watt's picture

Me either, but now I know not to take his photo if he plays locally, buy his music (I've not heard of him before but I like the genre on the whole) etc. My little boycott means nothing but I doubt that I'm the only person who feels this way.

Toby Hawkins's picture

Maybe you could pirate his music and see if you like it? After all, he didn't ask you to listen to it, which I've recently come to understand means it's free.

Charles Putnam's picture

Typical rapper attitude

Brendan Baker's picture

I have lost all respect for Danny Brown. What a joke. It's about respecting people's craft and profession. smh

Michael Kormos's picture

Does anyone, anywhere have any expectations of rap artists to do anything honest and legitimate?

Paul Watt's picture

In this day and age of copyright laws and social media, absolutely.

Jonathan Lobb's picture

absolutely I do, they're artists, and most of them understand what that means and take it very seriously. Some are assholes, but I don't expect them to be any more likely to be assholes than any other genre of musician.

Bill Irwin's picture

This seems to be common with musicians. Ironically they should fully understand copyright infringement since they are artists as well.

Mo Bius's picture

If anyone needs some free backing music for their videos:

https://thepiratebay.se/search/danny%20brown/0/99/100

Since I didn't ask for a muthafucka to rap, I guess it's free.

Scott Larock's picture

If he is from Detroit, just wait a while and someone will shoot him with something other than a camera.

Binky Bass's picture

Not much you can do anymore, big ass watermark.

Roman Kazmierczak's picture

Don't ask for respect if you don't respect yourself first!

Jim Clark's picture

Photograph him and hope he uses it without permission. Naturally, you formally registered copyright - so you have an attorney go after him for full value, hoping he responds like this so you can get it in front of the Judge.
Dollars that you can deposit and he has something else to whine about.

Tom Lew's picture

All they asked for was to throw a littl respeck on it. All tree of yall.

Derrel Ho-Shing's picture

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ALL TREE OF YALL!!!!! DEAD!

Martin Van Londen's picture

I gotta say. I love Danny Browns music. As a Photogrpher I think what he kinda did sucks. I wonder how he got the photo in the first place? There is a lot of context we do not know about this situation so I'm not going to pass judgment on either party.

Danny Brown can do this and have no loss to his personal brand. Being as asshole really only builds his personal brand. Like when Travis Scott kicked a Photogrpher off stage because he said he did not like the angle he was shooting from. Danny Brown pissed us "Photogrphers" off.. But none of his fan base care. As a hip-hop/rap enthusiast I do. It like his music any less.

Final point. I think that concert Photogrphers are glorified groupies. They just want easy exposure. What they are doing is not really art in most cases. It's documentation. If you think getting tagged in famous persons post is going to Make or break you then you need find a new hobby. So get over it.

Paul Watt's picture

Glorified groupies? Seriously? That's pretty offensive. Who said anything about it being a hobby? It's bloody hard work, the chance of failure is high and it's every bit as valid as sports,wedding or journalistic photography.

Martin Van Londen's picture

For a small percentage of people it is not a hobby. But for the vast majority it is a hobby.

Jay Jay's picture

Wow. I've shot concerts for many many years and do it solely because of the love of the music and nothing more. You being a 'photographer' calling others in your same profession of photographers, 'glorified groupies' is disgusting and offensive- and puts you on a scale of respect way lower than this rapper. Please don't talk out of your rear end and insult others just because you don't do what they do (which as Paul stated, is *very* hard work) It's not easy like shooting in the comfort of a studio with pre-arranged lighting as you seem to.

Nicolas Racine's picture

Reading your comment, I understand perfectly why you like this guy. So when YOU use a camera, it's art, but when a music photographer does, it not? How about is someone use YOUR pictures without credit, it's fine? Way to sound pedantic and offensive. Just crawl back under your bridge already.

Martin Van Londen's picture

The truth is when you are a concert Photogrpher you are documenting other people's art. It's like when you take a picture of a painting. It's just not your art. You are just taking pictures. You are not making pictures.

Scott Coleman's picture

So, by this rationale, sports photographers like Neil Leifer or Peter Read Smith aren't really photographers, because they're just documenting someone else's performance. Are you serious?

Martin Van Londen's picture

I actually never said concert photographers are not photographers. I said they are not creating art. They are capturing other people's art. Sports photographers for the most part are documenting an event. So you put a few words in my mouth. But that's ok.

Justin Haugen's picture

The same guy who got oral sex from a fan while on stage and kept rapping? Not surprised.

Alex Qrea's picture

Watermark all your pictures.

Jayson Carey's picture

fuck that shit.

Bill Mcdad's picture

Pirate his music and if he complains say ""Did I ask for a muthaf***a to make a record??

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