Kanye West is being sued by a record company for adding Life Of The Party, his collaboration with Andre 3000, to his Stem Player device without permission from the company that owns the rights to a song he sampled for his song.
In Life Of The Party, West, 45, sampled the track from Boogie Down Productions’ 1987 song South Bronx, featuring hip-hop legend KRS-One.
The song was initially released by the now-defunct label B-Boy Records, whose catalog is managed by the company Phase One Network. Discogs.
Latest: Kanye West, 45, is being sued by a record company for adding Life Of The Party, his collaboration with Andre 3000, to his Stem Player device without permission from the company that owns a song he used for his song has sampled. He was photographed in Paris last month
The company that owns the rights to the track said in legal documents reviewed by TMZ that West never obtained the rights to sample South Bronx for Life Of The Party.
West recorded the song as a bonus Donda track which he released on the Stem Player. The record company said West and his team used the song in advertising for the device.
West and business partner Alex Klein made about $2.2 million dollars after moving about 11,000 Stem Player units on its first day of release, the record company said in court documents.
In the lawsuit, the record company is asking the court to block West from further sampling the track, and pay them the profits they earned from using it.
West recorded the song as a bonus Donda track which he released on the Stem Player
In Life Of The Party, West sampled the track from Boogie Down Productions’ 1987 song South Bronx, featuring hip-hop legend KRS-One (pictured in NYC last year)
West is coming off a turbulent month of October in which he dominated headlines after making a series of anti-Semitic remarks that led a number of companies to cut ties with him. He was pictured at an event in Nashville last month
West is coming off a turbulent month of October in which he dominated headlines after making a series of anti-Semitic remarks, which led a number of companies to cut ties with him.
The race-related controversies began on October 3 when he and conservative commentator Candace Owens donned tops with White Lives Matter at a Paris Fashion Week showcase for his Yeezy line.
West faced restrictions on his social media sites after he tweeted on Oct. 8: “I’m a little sleepy tonight, but when I wake up, I’m going to die with 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE… The funny thing is that I actually can’t be. Anti-Semitic because black people are actually Jewish too… you’ve been playing with me and trying to blacken anyone who’s against your agenda.’
The professional fallout from West’s repeated statements about anti-Semitism included Adidas severing ties with him on October 25 due to his behavior.
Foot Locker and Gap have also taken Yeezy merchandise off the shelves, while fashion pillars such as Vogue magazine and Balenciaga have publicly distanced themselves from the rapper/fashion designer.
Talent agency CAA removed West from the selection, while a documentary about West, made by studio MRC, has been suspended.
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