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Kanyé West Being Sued For Famed Hit ‘Gold Digger’

kw49It’s no secret that many rappers use samples in their hit songs. Kanyé West is no exception to the rule. If you have followed Kanyé through the years and know your history of music, you would know that the song that made him a household name, partially because of Jamie Foxx, took a sample of a Ray Charles’s song, right out of the days of old with “Gold Digger”. The sample was taken from the 1954 hit, “I Got A Woman”.

If you are familiar with copyrights then you are also aware that when rappers use samples of someone else’s music that they must be cleared to use the sample and share the profits in the form of royalties. Such is the case this time around for Kanyé. The rapper is being sued for copyright infringement for the very same song that he sampled “I Got A Woman” for. But he is not being sued for that sample, but another one which allegedly made its way onto the famous track.

According to TMZ , on Monday,Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor filed a civil suit claiming that their father’s song “Bumpin Bus Stop” was used in 13 seconds of the hit song. David Pryor wrote the song over 40 years ago, in 1974.  The line in question is , “get down girl, go head get down.”  The children of Pryor are seeking damages in the amount of $150,000 for each violation of the copyright and attorney fees.

This is not the first time that Kanyé or other fellow rappers have been taken to court over the alleged misuse of samples. Kanyé has been sued in the past for his songs “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and “Stronger”. Kanyé won the case involving “Stronger” by bringing up the fact that the lyric in question was in actuality a famous quote that was public domain.  Although it should not be a surprise that a rapper is being sued again, it is very strange that the pair would wait so long to bring this up in a court of law. The song “Gold Digger” came out eight years ago and has already ran its course, selling millions of copies worldwide. Also mentioned in the lawsuit are Kanyé’s record label, Roc-A-Fella Records and The Island and Def Jam Music

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City and a supporter of  One Billion Rising

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