Kanye West Sued For Sampling Without Permission
December 26, 2013 at 7:08 AM (PT)
Rap star KANYE WEST is being sued for sampling -- and not compensating -- another's voice on his current hit, "Bound 2," CNN.COM reports. RICKY SPICER, now 56, was lead singer for the FRATERNAL OHIO soul group PONDEROSA TWINS PLUS ONE, who recorded the source song “Bound” in 1971. SPICER was 12 when he wrote and recorded the song.
SPICER is demanding compensation for the use of the song, or cease and desist from using his voice. The suit alleges that “Mr. SPICER’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice … is heard several times.”
The suit also names KANYE’s labels, ROC-A-FELLA, ISLAND DEF-JAM, RHINO ENTERTAINMENT, and UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, as defendants.