West’s Gold Digger faces massive sampling claim

May 2013

Music publishing, recorded music


Rapper Kanye West is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit for sampling lyrics for hit ‘Gold Digger’. According to AllHipHop.com West is being sued by David Pryor’s children Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor for lyrics the rapper used on his 2005 hit, which they say was taken from the their father’s 1974 song ‘Bumpin’ Bus Stop’, which he performed with Thunder & Lightening. Steward and Pryor are reportedly seeking $150 million in damages per infringement, as they own the copyright for the song.  They also claim the rapper used their father’s voice to echo ‘get down’ during West’s  “get down girl, go ‘head, get down”  lyric.  The court documents name West along with Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Records / Def Jam Music Group, Bad Boy Records, Stones Throw Records, Bomb Hip-Hop Records, Autumn Games, Activision and Caroline Distribution. as defendants. and claims that the defendants “systematically and wilfully refused to clear samples of the plaintiffs’ original, copyrighted work in order to gain a commercial profit and to avoid paying and crediting the author.”

You can hear Bumpin’ Bus Stop here



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