Kanye West is facing a lawsuit over the sample he used for the Yeezus single “Bound 2″ featuring Charlie Wilson. Ricky Spicer,56, former lead singer of the ’70s soul group The Ponderosa Twins Plus 1, filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday (December 23) alleging West used his vocals without consent. The suit claims: “Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice… is heard several times.” According to the report, Spicer is asking that West pay up or cease and desist using his vocals. Roc-A-Fella Records, Universal Music Group, Island Def-Jam Music and Rhino Entertainment are also named in the suit along with West.
“Bound 2″ is arguably the most well accepted song on the polarizing Yeezus album. The video featuring Ye’s fiance Kim Kardashian was much talked about and has received parodies from Seth Rogan and James Franco, and SNL.
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