Not since William Hung has there been a true break out star on American Idol. That is, until this season with 62-year-old contestant General Larry Platt and his catchy “Pants On The Ground” song which has become an Internet viral sensation.
The goofy rap about teen and their pants on the ground, and hat turned side ways, even made its way on to the Jimmy Fallon show and a NFL locker room where Brett Farvre, quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings chanted the lyrics in celebration with his teammates.
With its overnight success and instant pop culture status, General Platt is even in talks to record and release an official single.
That is until controversy strikes. Lately, a new viral video has surfaced courtesy of the Green Brothers, a hip-hop duo from Michigan, called “Back Pockets On The Floor.” According to the Green Brothers, their song which strikes an eerie resembles to “Pants On The Ground” was recorded in 1996, a good 13 years before General Platt’s Idol audition.
Other similarities include an elderly rapper, and a line about “turning hat backwards.”
The “Pockets” video was posted on YouTube on January 23 by a user called “greenbrothers71,” with the following description:
“This is in regards to the General Larry Platt ‘Pants on The Ground.’ His song is a take off of the Green Brothers song ‘Back Pockets On The Floor.’ ‘Back Pockets On The Floor’ was written by G. Green and was copyrighted and recorded by the Green Brothers in 1996. The General’s song have the same intent, idea and in part the same message. YOU BE THE JUDGE AMERICA!!”
So, do you think the song was ripped off? Which version do you prefer? Let us know!