CL’s New Single “Lifted” Is, In Fact, Lifted From the Wu-Tang Clan

But Method Man himself is in the K-Pop star’s new video, so does that make it okay?

The famed K-Pop singer and Jeremy Scott muse Chaelin Lee, who goes by CL, released her debut American single, “Lifted,” today, which is also her first single written fully in English. Formerly known best as the frontwoman of K-Pop group 2NE1, CL has since pursued a solo career and, much to the chagrin of some of her longtime fans, is now catering to a Western audience. This was made loud and clear with “Lifted,” which makes direct references to the Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 hit, “Method Man,” with lyrics like, “I got myself a 40 / I got myself a shorty.”

In the music video, CL wears much Moschino — in an interview with W magazine, the singer refers to Mr. Scott as her close “friend” — as well as a Vetements hoodie, and jorts over sweatpants. In classic “New York hip-hop” fashion, she smokes on a fire escape, waves around a paper-bagged beer, and hangs around a basketball court with none other than Luka Sabbat, who wears Gosha Rubchinskiy. Method Man himself even makes a smiley appearance, giving the much-appropriated song his stamp of approval.

Does that make “getting lifted,” okay, though? The rest of the Wu Tang clan has yet to comment.

Watch the full “Lifted” video below.

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