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Sued For Samples: Kanye West, Common, Method Man And Redman

May 23, 2008


The latest significant sample lawsuit to hit the streets is brought to us courtesy of Kanye West, Common, Method, Redman, and a bunch of folks over at the Universal Music Group.  Seems like Kanye West just can’t escape the sample clearance lawsuits lately.  This time the daughter of Jazz saxophonist Joe Farrell has sued for lifting the drum break from Joe Farrell’s 1974 CTI recording of Upon This Rock.  The samples were "allegedly" used on Kanye’s "Gone", Common "Chi-City", and Method Man/Redman’s "Run 4 Cover". 

Apparently, at least $1 million being sought in punitive damages, but was it worth it?

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

haroon May 25, 2008 at 11:26 am

Not being familiar with the songs in question, did Kanye just chop these breaks or did he loop them?


Rafferty May 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm

that record was used in the upcoming CrateKings digs CTI mix… uh-oh


DJ Tru Blu June 3, 2008 at 11:50 am

He was lazy and just looped that shit, even tribe chopped that shit up in 93!

Check out Kanyes myspace for the comment I dropped! Ha!


Highbeatz June 14, 2008 at 8:14 pm

aint that some shit….thats another reason i dont sample that much….


Tha 4orce December 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Shit, U can’t sue for drum sounds, Due to there being no pitch or key notes involved,
Kanye should tell em fuck off!
He did loop it which didn’t help his cause but DAMN!


AP August 2, 2009 at 2:16 am

First and first of all, don’t hate on kanye. yeah, he samples tunes from who knows where…. this method is still not a sure fire way to stardom…. Kanye’s got some serious swag and beat control… have you heard his tracks with sample incorperated…. shiiieat! enough said. peace.


Midi July 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

It sucks that great producers get caught up in stuff like this and we “amateurs” get scared by it. I think it’s just a sign of the times – everybody wants what others have i.e that MONEY!! Sampling is hip hop!! Yes it’s great when an artist makes something completely out of the dark pits of the mind but if we look back on the history of hip hop… It began two turntables ,an MC , and some imagination! So don’t be afraid to sample as long as you’re being creative
and really loving the process and creation :)


chris eastwood January 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

all music and all ideas came from somebody even the clothes we wear. bul shouldve just chopped that shit up to small pieces


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