Rocawear, the clothing company founded by Jay Z, has been accused of ripping off designs by US noise/techno outfit Marshstepper.
Marshstepper’s JS Aurelius – who also plays guitar with Arizona punks Destruction Unit and co-owns tape label Ascetic House – uploaded a series of photos to Facebook last night (September 25) accompanied with the caption from a Rocawear Instagram post: “Never settle for something that doesn’t seem right to you. Raise hell if you have to, never settle for less.”
The pictures appear to show a very strong similarity between the two clothing designs, with hoodies and t-shirts from Rocawear seemingly emblazoned with Marshstepper’s “hell raising” print.
Rocawear has yet to comment on the accusation. Jay Z, after founding the company in 1999, sold the company in 2007 but was reported at the time to be maintaining a stake in the brand, taking up a “chief creative officer” role at Rocawear. In a statement to FACT, however, the rapper has confirmed he no longer has “no continuing involvement” with the brand.
The owner of Rocawear?… Iconix Brand Group [FACT]