​Kanye West Sued Over ‘Gold Digger’ Song Lyrics

Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Aug. 10, 2014

Kanye West is once again being sued over his song lyrics. The lawsuit comes from the children of a deceased musician named David Pryor, alleging that he sampled his music.

One song in particular was called “Bumpin’ Bus Stop,” which Pryor wrote and sang with his band Thunder and Lightning in 1974.

The singer’s children, Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, are claiming that during Kanye’s 2005 hit “Gold Digger,” he sampled lyrics from their father’s song. They believe that 13 seconds into the song you can hear Pryor echoing “Get Down” three times, as West singing “Get down girl, go head, get down.”

Each of the women own one-quarter of their father’s song, and are attempting to get a judge to stop the sale the song and provide them with “millions of dollars” in damages for West’s use of the unlicensed sample.

The lawsuit claims that West and various labels engaged in a 15-year “illegal copyright infringement scheme and criminal enterprise involving the unauthorized, willful sampling of plaintiffs original copyrighted music on a massive scale,” reports AllHipHop. In addition to West, other labels including Roc-a-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Stones Throw Records, Bomb Hip-Hop Records, Autumn Games, Activision, Caroline Distribution and Island Def Jam Music Group have been named in the suit.

This is not Kanye’s first time being accused of illegally using samples in his songs, and it most likely won’t be the last.

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