Did Jass Manak just put out an almost entirely ‘inspired’ album?

By Bryan Durham - August 22, 2020

For anyone with ears and even a limited knowledge of Indian music, listening to Jass Manak’s latest album NO COMPETITION must come with a sense of overwhelming deja vu.

Did Jass Manak just put out an almost entirely ‘inspired’ album?


Let’s see… if you’ve been roaming in Twitter’s troll-lined timelines, you would have noticed how many Punjabis are up in arms against the popular singer and his heavily ‘inspired’ album.

By most accounts, this isn’t the first time Jass has been accused of lifting tunes for his songs (and unless you’re drowning in a sea of optimism, neither will this be the last time). But here’s the sad part about copying, you have to change it enough to be indiscernible to the average ear or risk getting caught by anyone with ears.

The album features 11 tracks with music by some of the biggest names in the business — MixSingh, Aditya Dev, Vishal Mishra, Rajat Nagpal, Deep Jandu and JM’s regular collaborator Sharry Nexus. It also has collaborations with the likes of DIVINE, Sunidhi Chauhan, Simar Kaur, Asees Kaur and Gurlez Akhtar.

The deja vu starts right from the album’s title track (featuring DIVINE). A reworked Him And I by G-Eazy (featuring Halsey), you can’t shake off the feeling of yeh kahin toh suna hai.

Next up, is Butterfly, which one Twitter user said was a copy of Teri Meri Tutju by Shivjot, but we feel it bears a closer resemblance of Paranda by Kaur B.

Up next is Yaara Tere Warga (ft Sunidhi Chauhan) whose hook sounds suspiciously close to Cute Song by Aroob Khan.

Sexy‘s chorus is a direct lift of Pritam’s Khwab Dekhe (Sexy Lady) by Pritam from the film Race.

Heel is quite likely inspired by Jassie Gill’s Nikle Currant.

Fans feel Hass Ke vibes closely with Maninder Buttar’s Laare, according to a few people we spoke to.

Nain feels like a revisited Coka with added flourishes.

Yaarian seems largely original in Asees’s parts, but has traces of B Praak’s Masstaani when Jass starts singing.

Haseena too feels quite inspired by Coka, albeit a little slowed down with a bit of tropical touches.

Yes Or No is a mish-mash of influences as diverse as MAGIC’S Rude, Closer by The Chainsmokers (ft Halsey), Lauv’s I Like Me Better.

Badmaashi shares more than a few similarities with Jatt Da Muqabla by Sidhu Moosewala.

For an entire rundown of what fans had to say…


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