Rapper Blahz Sues Wyclef for Copyright Infringement

Brooklyn born rapper Blahz, of the group Blahzay Blahzay, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Wyclef Jean for an unauthorized sample that appears on the former Fugees star’s new album, Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant. According to the suit, Clef allegedly used a sample from Blahzay’s 1996 hit single “Danger,” but failed to credit the group or properly clear the sample. The sample appears on the track “Welcome To The East,” which also features dancehall artist Sizzla and the Minister Louis Farrakhan on the violin. According to a press release announcing the suit, both Sizzla and Minister Farrakhan are credited, but Blahzay Blahzay’s name was omitted. According to a statement released by Blahz concerning the case, Wyclef’s people contacted him last June about using the sample. It is unclear what transpired after that initial discussion, but the suit was filed this past December in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Manhattan. “I was left with no choice but to move forward with my decision to take full legal action against Wyclef Jean, and Sony BMG, on behalf of myself and the all the artists around the world who have been the victim of blatant disrespect,” Blahz explained in a statement. “A message has to be delivered to the music industry that these unjust common business practices can’t be ignored or swept under the rug anymore.”

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  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    $50 is a lil harsh if you ask me.

    • http://www.andyoudontstop.com MoDiggz

      If Wyclef’s people contacted Blahz sometime in June ’07 about using his sample, but nothing came out of the initial discussion, it’s conceivable Wyclef’s management team found another legal route to gaining sample clearance without having to credit Blahz. The idea of copping someone else’s sample of a sample after you already asked them to use it… just sounds so amateurish. Just a hunch, I predict Wyclef and the gang to come out on top for this one. Only time will tell!

  • yo

    well then….

  • pileofshirt69

    HOLY CRAP! Someone actually listened to the new Wyclef album!

    • STEVE

      bravo my friend

  • the r

    wyclef shouldn’t have to pay anything

    when is the east is the house is sampled from jeru da damaja

  • stoneyisland

    ACTUALLY the sample is from Gwen Mcrae from a 70′s song called “rocking chair” learn your history you young ass whimpersnappers:)

    • big fitz

      well, ACTUALLY the sample(s) is(are) from both gwen macrae AND jeru combined by blahzay. dont none o’ y’all know nothin’?

  • duval smith

    First Wyclef fakes being a yardy know he is stealing music,what asshole!



  • DirtDogggy

    This is what fags do when they fall off.

  • http://koolkidkulture.blogspot.com/ Koolkidkulture

    i miss that.

    Boost Mobile Anthem 2.0
    Behind the scenes with Jeezy, JD and Mickey Avalon

  • fuckupayme

    Take a jay-z sample and see what happen.
    anyway did anyone see blahzay new video yo the shit is crazy go to itsablahzayworld.com
    to check it out.

  • Rollz Dolo

    ODB said the “Danger” part

  • maniac

    years ago , the group ” blahzay blahzay” worked with a french group ” triptik ” …..they stole a beat , take it with them back to new york , without paying the producer who made the track…..True story !!!!!! ( I ain’t no hater, just a hip hop lover ) Peace

  • http://www.myspace.com/joyjoy07 MiSsUnderSt00d

    You all are some mean ass haters. Wyclef new album is the….its the…ummm the SHIT!…Yeah and this dude shouldn’t get a dizime so put that in your juice box and suck it. (drank)

  • Wadena Pyatt

    I just feel that all artist should be given credit for their work. It is easier to be respectful, then to disrespect. As I had been previously commenting to News Reporters about my currently pending copyright infringement case, Pyatt vs. Wyclef Jean for the Hit Track Two Wrongs, everyone deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. A decision should be rendered on this copyright infringement case soon. Pyatt vs. Wyclef Jean, US Eastern District Court, 04-cv-3098.

  • Biran

    What a joke! I have read this news and many people are discussing about this on richmingle.com. I really can’t believe!

  • Biran

    I have read this news and many people are discussing about this on rich mingle.com. Cool.

  • trizzy

    wyclef wack

  • http://blatentlyblunt.blogspot.com http://blatentlyblunt.blogspot.com

    Clef is from Haiti
    he may not be a yardie but he is from carribean

    his new albums ok nuthing gr8


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