Kendrick Lamar Is Being Sued Over “The Blacker the Berry” Artwork
Kendrick Lamar is currently being sued over the artwork used for his single, "The Blacker the Berry."
The song's artwork features a mother breastfeeding two children. According to photographer Giordano Cipriani, who shot the artwork on a 2011 trip to Africa, K-Dot used the image without his permission. The suit was filed on Friday (July 10) in a New York federal court, according to Bossip. Cipriani is seeking $150,000 for every time the image was used, be it in artwork, on social media, in the press, official videos and so forth. The photographer is also seeking payment for the cost of his legal fees and insists that the image stopped being used immediately. Top Dawg Entertainment, Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment are also named as defendants in the suit.
"The Blacker the Berry" is featured on K. Dot's third studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly, which dropped back in March of this year. Its lyrics were the subject of much conversation, with fans reacting via social media. Pulitzer-winning author Michael Chabon and Assassin both tried to break down the song's words.
In happier news, Kendrick was recently named as one of the artists featured on the Straight Outta Compton soundtrack. Director F. Gary Gray was recently at Comic Con in San Diego where he shared that new music from Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kendrick can be expected on the album. Lamar also dropped videos to the tracks on his recent LP, most recently releasing the visual for "Alright".