Syl Johnson considers action over Kanye and Jay-Z sample

September 2011

Record labels, artists

Soul singer Syl Johnson and archive label Numero Uno are threatening legal action against Jay-Z, Kanye West and Universal’s Def Jam label over the use of a sample on the hip-hop duo’s recent collaborative album ‘Watch The Throne’ with Numero Uno saying thsat the pair sampled Johnson song ‘Different Strokes’ on their track ‘The Joy’ without permission. It adds that it had been in talks with Def Jam about West using the sample of his previous album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, but could not reach an agreement. There had been no talk, the music company adds, of the same sample being used on ‘Watch
The Thone”.

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