The evidence of this case in the court of public opinion is pretty damning for Caked Up …

Aside from all of the other meaningful topics going on in the realm of social growth (or destruction — however you look at), nothing has piqued the interest of the general public lately more so than the ongoing battle between artists and the rights they have of their own creations. People are beginning to come around to the plight and are comfortable fighting for the integrity of creators.

And the battle is supported with fierce and protective fans watching the back of their favorite artists or genres they love so well. Even a slight mention of infringement sends Twitter fingers into overdrive and a full-on investigation of public opinion launches with voracity up until the tide pulls back from burning out of relevancy.

But we also understand the Internet’s propensity for its quickened judgment stems from a strong mob-mentality and basement boredom. That’s why we we’re approaching the ongoing e-fight towards the EDM DJs in Caked Up with scrutiny.

We’re not jumping to conclusions just quite yet? The hell you say!

In November of 2014 (eons in Internet time), the duo was called out by an LA-based producer named Jackal and his camp about a cut the two feature on a supposed “mashup” between “CoCo” from O.T. Genasis and Jackal’s “Chinchilla.” Caked Up responded by calling everyone “haters” and made good by giving proper credit where credit is due … eventually.


Then, in January of 2015, an observant Internet-dwelling musician by the name of Evix discovered the two had copy/pasted a sample pack found on the producing site That in and of itself isn’t infringing any artist’s copyright, but it is blatantly amateur — especially for the kind of money fans are willingly paying the two with expectations of original material.

This is truly pathetic CAKED UP…SHARE THIS AND EXPOSE THESE GUYS. They've been getting away with stuff like this way to much.

Posted by Evix on Friday, January 30, 2015

Fast forward to a few days ago (also eons in Internet time) when a petition on popped up to further pull the career out from under the DJs in a post succinctly titled “Stop booking Caked Up” — stemming from yet another revelation the two may have stole yet another piece of music, this time from deadmau5 (someone who seems like the last person on earth anyone would want to beef with).


deadmau5's reply was simply:

The historical prevalence of sampling and the copyright legislations that came with it aside, there are still situations where artists borrow ideas from another and combine the creative forces to build a slightly different track. It’s called inspiration, and it happens all the time.

HOWEVER: These instances highlighted about Caked Up are remarkably close, and dare we say it, definitely theft if proper acknowledgement isn’t in place. As Complex outlines in an article released in Nov of 2013, the best way to give dues is to tag files and work under the safety of a professional umbrella. It’s easy: If an artist uses other people’s work, they need to give them credit for it. Caked Up has apparently not done this, and continues to defend the way the two of them “create” music with half-assed online videos.

This all has the Internet piiiiiiissed.

Just look towards the duo’s Twitter(s) or artist Facebook pages and you’ll see a torrential spit-storm of fuckery aimed directly at the core of the group. People want them banned, shunned, ousted, ostracized, banished … everything … from the world of EDM.

Turns out there’s integrity in them thar hills, and — after much thought and reviewing the evidence — we’re ready to make our final judgment call on the People vs. Caked Up case …

Fuck these guys. Court adjourned.