Kanye West being sued for sampling

    Kanye West is being accused of illegally sampling music for songs from his 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, according to The Huffington Post.

    New York label TufAmerica is claiming the “Mercy” rapper illegally used portions of “Hook and Sling, Part 1” by New Orleans artist Eddie Bo made in 1969, to which TufAmerica has owned the rights to for more than 15 years. Kanye’s tracks “Lost in the World” and “Who Will Survive in America?” are the songs the label is claiming have illegal samples in them.

    TufAmerica filed a suit in Manhattan federal court stating that although Roc-A-Fella paid a licensing fee of $62,500, the label “failed and refused to enter into written license agreements that accounted for their multiple other uses of [‘Hook and Sling’].” The label is being represented by attorney Kelly Talcott, and has not disclosed how much money they are seeking from Kanye.

    This is not the first time the “Jesus Walks” rapper has been sued. In 2010, he was sued by Vincent Peters over copyright issues regarding his song “Stronger,” which ended in the court ruling in Kanye’s favor.

    Kanye is the second artist that TufAmerica has gone after this year. In May, the label filed a lawsuit against the Beastie Boys for copyright infringement.

    —Kimberley Glascoe

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