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Rihanna accused of stealing rapper’s doobie wrap hairstyle

Rihanna accused of copying rapper Patwa’s doobie wrap

After already being subjected to gibes on Twitter for her interesting choice of coiffure, Rihanna is being blasted by a manager claiming that her expertly pinned wrap was pilfered. As previously reported, Twitter was on fire Sunday with reactions to the wrapped hairstyle that she donned at the American Music Awards. Many wondered why the 25-year-old songstress was wearing the bedtime ready style, but brushed it off because of the singer’s otherwise stellar look for the evening.

None too pleased by all the attention Rihanna was receiving, however, was an unidentified woman who contacted with an angry letter. In the letter the woman, who formerly managed a rapper named Patwa, alleges that Rihanna stole the slicked down style after meeting the artist years ago at an industry party.

“I am writing to express my extreme frustration and anger over the blatant theft of a [sic] image that my former artist and I cultivated,” wrote the woman. “A few years ago I worked with an up-and-coming female rapper named Patwa. She’s a Bronx-born, second 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.”

She then added that Patwa used to wear a signature doobie wrap with jeweled pins to “signify that she was a queen” and dubbed it her “ghetto crown.” Later in the lengthy letter the woman notes that she and her artist met Rihanna in 2011 and the songstress complimented the hairstyle.

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“You see during 2011 Patwa and I crossed paths with Rihanna at a Roc Nation event,” wrote the woman. “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 AMAs no one had attempted to wear the doobie as a hairstyle in public. No one!” added the woman.

“I just find it very insulting that something we brought to those people was to [sic] ‘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.”

Rihanna’s fans, who are known for being fiercely protective of the singer are skeptical, of course.


Check out comparison photos of Rihanna and Patwa below. -danielle canada

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