Kanye West sued for ‘sampling track without permission’
Kanye West is being sued by a record company for allegedly sampling their track without permission.
The 45-year-old rap star released ‘Life Of The Party’ on his Stem player as part of the deluxe edition of his album ‘Donda’ in 2021′, but according to legal documents obtained by TMZ he did not obtain the rights to ‘South Bronx’ from record company Boogie Down Productions before using part of the track on his record despite allegedly initially reaching out to do so.
A company source told the outlet: “Ye and his partner Alex Klein sold around 11K Stem Players within the first 24 hours of its release, raking in around $2.2 million dollars. They never got permission to use the sample even though Ye’s team initially reached out to try to license it.”
The outlet went on to claim that sides never came to an agreement and Ye’s team eventually decided to retract their licensing offer but went on to heavily advertise the track in order to boost sales of his album but the KRS-One-owned company is now attempting to block the track from streaming services.
The news comes just days after it was revealed that the ‘Stronger’ rapper – who caused controversy last month when he tweeted that he was about to “go death con 3” on Jewish people – is said to have admired late Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler, who instigated the murder of six million Jews through the Holocaust from 1939 until 1945.
However, Kanye, who was married to reality TV superstar Kim Kardashian, 42, and has children North, nine, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, three, with her, has now reportedly paid off the former employee for an undisclosed amount, according to documents obtained by NBC News.
The outlet went on to allege that six others who have worked with Kanye, who legally changed his name to Ye in 2021, had also “heard him mention conspiracy theories about Jewish people or praise Hitler”.
This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.