Rihanna’s doobie stole the show at last night’s American Music Awards! She took home the first-ever Icon award rocking a bobby pin-laid wrap that got more attention than her actual achievement.
Of course, the new ‘do became a trending topic. There seemed to be an equal amount of admirers and haters, but no one disliked the jeweled doobie more than Trumaine Ferguson, the former manger of Bronx rapper known as Patwa.
Ferguson expressed outrage in an online letter, claiming RiRi stole her artist’s signature style.
“I am writing to express my extreme frustration and anger over the blatant theft of a image that my former artist and I cultivated,” she wrote. “A few years ago I worked with an up and coming female rapper named Patwa. She’s a Bronx born 2nd generation Jamerican who fused hip hop, reggae and culture into her music. During 2010 we began generating a buzz in the underground hip hop community. This lead to a couple of meeting with some big wigs at def jam, Geffen, Atlantic and yes Roc nation who manages Rihanna.”
She went on the say that all the music executives asked Patwa to change her hairstyle.
“While meeting with A&Rs with these labels we were continuously told that the imagery we were trying to brand was not “lady like” was “to street”, “to hood” and “to ghetto” we were told that “white America would never get behind such ignorance”. Ratchetness had yet to become an accepted house hold term. The image we were trying to run with was what Patwa knew from the streets which was the doobie wrap. She wore it proudly with jeweled pins to signify she was a Queen and this was her ghetto crown.”
Ferguson added that she felt “violated” and “hurt” when she saw Rihanna wearing the look on the AMAs.
“Fast forward to 11/24/13 and who do I see grace my flat screen while sitting in my modest one bedroom apartment wearing a doobie wrap with jeweled pins at the AMA’s. Roc nations own Ri Ri. I honestly felt violated,” she continued. “You see during 2011 Patwa and I crossed paths with Rihanna at a Roc Nation event. Rihanna who on that evening was wearing a hairstyle that she ‘borrowed’ from Cassie, complimented the jeweled pin wrap said it looked nice and even inquired as to who did it? We of course were flattered out of our socks and felt almost validated. Two years later it appears middle America is ready and Rihanna really liked what she saw. By no means did we invent the doobie wrap or name. However prior to the AMA’s no one had attempted to wear the doobie as a hairstyle in public. No one!!!!!! I just find it very insulting that something we brought to those people was to “ghetto”. But now Rihanna can accept awards while proudly displaying it. I am really hurt by this and wanted to scream. But I wrote to you guys. Wanted to let someone else know that she stole that look from Patwa.”
Check out Patwa’s music video below and tell us your thoughts in the comment section. Is it really that serious?