Ghostface Killah Sued for Sampling “Iron Man” Theme


Ghostface Killah is being sued for illegal sampling on his sophomore album, Supreme Clientele.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, distinguished film and TV composer Jack Urbont has filed a lawsuit against the Wu-Tang Clan star, Sony Music Entertainment and the Rza’s Razor Sharp Records for sampling the “Iron Man Theme,” which Urbont wrote for 1966 animated television series, The Marvel Super Heroes.

The suit alleges that Ghost “copied verbatim” Urbont’s “Iron Man Theme” on two Supreme Clientele tracks and “fraudulently concealed” this use by failing to acknowledge Urbont’s composition in the liner notes.

Though the album was released in 2000, the complaint cites Urbont’s “recent discovery” of the illegal sampling and copyright infringement, and asks for damages dating back to the album’s initial release.

Urbont – whose credits include theme music for That ‘70s Show, Oprah, 20/20 and The View, as well as soap operas like Guiding Light, One Life to Live and General Hospital – also takes issue with Ghostface’s nickname, Tony Starks.

“Defendant Ghostface is also known for the nickname, ‘Tony Starks,’ which is a take-off of the name ‘Tony Stark,’ Iron Man’s real name and true identity,” the complaint says. “In this way, Defendants’ use of Urbont’s ‘Iron Man Theme’ gives them a substantial commercial advantage by linking Ghostface to Iron Man without paying for it.”

As of press time Ghost has yet to comment on the suit. —Lauren Carter

  • http://xxl.com biged

    this fuckin faggot just realizes this now? it was 2000 get over it. he must need loot!

    • Alexa Luther

      Man, you is sick in tha head!!! Check yo self in 2 tha hospital or somethin, but for real!!! Ya’ll need it.

    • Loat

      Lmao 2000!

  • wally

    Huge fan of ghost but if you use someone else’s music in creating your own then it’s only right to give credit and pay for the sample. That would avoid stupid crap like this.

    • $yk

      You don’t understand the recording aspect of the business. Whatever samples Ghost wanted to use, it’s up to his label (Razor Sharp/Sony at that time) to clear the sample. A lot of times this is why albums get pushed back (and songs go to mixtapes), because certain songs or samples don’t get cleared. So let’s not go there by blaming Ghost.

      Did y’all know there are 2 versions of ‘Supreme Clientele’, one with the samples and one without?

      And as for the name Tony Starks (not Tony Stark, the same way Ricky Ross-Rick Ross), if Marvel Comics doesn’t have a problem, and actually had Ghost do a cameo in the 1st Ironman movie, then this guy shouldn’t have a problem.

      What I see happening is dude will get some cash, and Sony (which owns the rights to the movie and Ghost’s album) will probably re-release the album to get some of the money back. Case closed.

  • G-Knowledge

    Uhhhh no there isnt 2 versions of Supreme Clientele….The Canadian version has a different version of the track “Ghost Deini”—the canadian has the original version which samples “my heroisagun” by MichaelMasser from the “MahoganySoundtrack”And the American version has a different take on the track. One without samples, thats a good one. all the songs and skits on that album are loaded wit samples….the drums, the loops, the chops, vocal samples,etc…Take for example… “The Grain” feat RZA, if u took out all the samples it would be an accapella, as would every other joint on that chamber. I make beats, and sample, dudes dont understand sampling unless its something blatant, u can chop ajoint up til its unrecognizable…example—Cappadonna’s “Splish Splash”(prod by Tru Master)he flipped th s@#t outta Lyn Collins”Aint No Sunshine” u cant even tell.

  • G-Knowledge

    I meant there isnt 2 versions- 1 with samples and 1 without… the 2 versions are the standard USA release and the Int’l/Canadian version.