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Kanye West SUED! Did He Mine For Music That Wasn't His On 2005's Gold Digger?

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As if his lady love Kim Kardashian isn't dealing with ENOUGH legal drama right now!

It appears Kanye West is now facing his very own, multimillion-dollar lawsuit…for infringement on his 2005 smash hit, Gold Digger!

YEAH! Feels a little late in the game to be throwing this one at him NOW, right?

Perhaps! But allow us to explain:

So while the track, off of Yeezy's album Late Registration, mainly samples Ray Charles' I Got A Woman, it also allegedly borrows David Pryor's "get down" chant from his 1974 track with Thunder & Lightning, Bumpin' Bus Stop…at least 50 TIMES!

However, the musician was incredibly sick back in 2005, and passed away in 2006, never realizing where his voice had ended up!

As attorney Courtney M. Coates explains:

"The complaint makes clear that 'Gold Digger' was released in 2005 while David Pryor was in a convalescent hospital suffering from a host of severe mental and physical disabilities, including senile dementia, cerebrovascular disease, prostate cancer, epilepsy, and diabetes. He died in May 2006 from cerebrovascular disease without having any knowledge that his voice was being exploited by other artists for commercial profit. After David Pryor died, [daughter Trena and son Lorenzo] discovered Pryor's song in late 2010, but they could not secure rights to the song until Pryor's estate was probated and a final determination of heirs was made in 2011. In 2012, the family obtained all of the necessary information required to file this substantial lawsuit against Kanye and others. [We are] putting all record companies on notice that they will be sued if they continue to steal and exploit David Pryor's vocal performance in 'Bumpin' Bus Stop' without the family's permission."

They are demanding millions in damages from Kanye, Roc-A-Fella Records, UMG's Island Def Jam, and have requested an injunction to prevent any of his unauthorized work to be utilized!

Fair enough, we say! IF what the lawsuit says is true, of course!

Listen to BOTH the tracks (below)!

What do U think?? Does Pryor's family have a case??

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5 comments to “Kanye West SUED! Did He Mine For Music That Wasn't His On 2005's Gold Digger?”

  1. 1

    of course he stole their music.

  2. Dakid says – reply to this


    Its a small little chant its hiphop that chant has been in a lot of songs not just gold digger sampling is part of hiphop

  3. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Dakid – So is renumerating the original author if you sample him.

  4. 4

    this guy always has that same dumb ass look on his face.

  5. Jennypooh says – reply to this


    Who cares! I listened to the song 5 times and didn't hear any resemblance!
    Leave K alone!