Four Rappers Sued Over Joe Farrell Music
May 27, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PT)
KANYE WEST, COMMON, METHOD MAN and REDMAN are being sued, along with their respective UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP record companies, by a woman who claims their music unlawfully sampled a song by her father, late jazz musician JOE FARRELL.
In her copyright infringement filing, KATHLEEN FIRANTELLO claims her dad's 1974 song "Upon This Rock" was sampled by WEST in his 2005 track "Gone" from the album "Late Registration"; as well as by rapper COMMON in "Chi-City," a bonus track on his 2005 album "Be." She also claims that METHOD MAN and REDMAN sampled the jazz loop in their 1999 duet, "Run 4 Cover."
FIRANTELLO is seeking punitive damages of at least $1 million and an order that no more copies of the offending songs be made, sold or performed, reports E! ONLINE.