Gospel Group Sues Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre Over “3 Kings” Sample
Earlier this week, a copyright lawsuit was filed against rappers Rick, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z over their song “3 Kings.” The lawsuit was issued by a pair of gospel songwriters who claim the trio used their song “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch)” without their permission.
The group named The Crowns of Glory consists of Ciara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary. In the lawsuit, it claims that Rozay never contacted them for permission or were ever compensated. Although Jimmy Lee Weary received a writing credit, Warrick was not included.
Warrick and Weary are unhappy with the contents of the song and video. The lawsuit explains that “the video includes very graphic depictions of drug use, vulgarity, nudity, gun violence, criminal conduct, actions demeaning to women and many other items that are certainly inconsistent with Plaintiffs’ wishes for how Plaintiffs’ song would be portrayed.”
Warrick and Weary are suing for infringement, unfair trade practices, unfair competition by misappropriation, conversion and unjust enrichment. They are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.