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Kanye West Hit With Copyright Infringement Lawsuit for ‘Golddigger’

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Kanye West and several record labels have been served with a lawsuit for copyright infringement. Yeezy is known for having some pretty sweet samples in his music, especially during his early days as an artist. It seems that he may not have covered all his tracks before dropping his hit music, so for that he might have to pay a pretty penny!

The Chi-Town rapper/producer is being targeted for his role in repeatedly sampling ‘Bumpin Bus Stop’ by Thunder & Lightning for his ‘Golddigger’ track released in the early  2000s. Though this is Kanye’s only part in the lawsuit, according to Hot New Hip Hop, the lawsuit claims

the lawsuit claims that the song has been sampled illegally for 15 years by various labels and artists, calling it an “illegal copyright infringement scheme and criminal enterprise involving the unauthorized, willful sampling of plaintiffs original copyrighted music on a massive scale.”

 

Reports states that the major labels included in the suit are as follows – Roc-a-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Stones Throw Records, Bomb Hip-Hop Records, Autumn Games, Activision, Caroline Distribution and The Island Def Jam Music Group. Other artists to sample the track include the group ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ and Missy Elliot.

The lawsuit is being filed by the children of David Pryor, the original songwriter of the 1974 hit single. Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor want MULTIMILLIONS for the industry’s repetitive use of their father’s work! Do you blame them?

Check out the original song ‘Bumpin Bus Stop’ below and then listen to ‘Golddiger’

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