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Shia LaBeouf Ripped Off Part of His Rap in Video Going Viral (watch!)

Shia LaBouf made a hasty exit from court in Manhattan this morning (July 24) where he was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Shia LaBouf photographed in Manhattan last year when he faced charges for criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment. Now he’s back on the streets spitting rhymes. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Shia LaBeouf, known for his crazy street antics as well as his acting cred, went back to crazy this week. A video taken by a passerby shows him hardcore freestyling on the street (without a shirt!). But are his rhymes really original? Think not.

The 2:37 video, captured on a cell phone shows the actor trying to keep his rhyming together. But he falters more than once and some of his rhymes appear to be plagiarized.

He scores some points for mixing “potato” and “Galileo” in a spit, but he’s no Eminem. The preeminent white rapper once used the word “Rumpelstiltskin” in one of his rhymes.

Internet wags immediately drew comparisons between the “Transformers” actor and Chet Haze, the rap nom de plume of actor Tom Hanks’ son Chester M. Hanks.

LaBeouf has been best known lately for bar brawls and strange street behavior. He was videoed getting knocked to the ground and pummeled in a street brawl outside of a bar in Vancouver, Canada in 2011.

He was arrested in June a year ago in Manhattan after disrupted a performance of the musical Cabaret at Studio 54 and harassed some homeless street people. His behavior was borderline psychotic, but he was let off with a slap on the wrist.

Astute Internet listeners discovered that some of his lines were nearly identical to a rap called “Perfectionist” by the group Anomalies. The unmistakable similarities began around 49 seconds in on their track.

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