According to TMZ.com, Kanye received permission to use a sample from Gabor Presser, a composer from Hungaria did a deal with Kanye so he could use the well-known musician’s work. The problem is, the rapper was supposed to follow up and drill down on some of the terms of the agreement, but he never did.
Instead, Kanye released “New Slaves” on his 2013 album Yeezus, and now he is facing a $2.5 million lawsuit.
This isn’t the first time West has been accused of using another artist’s work without proper permission. In 2012, Robert Poindexter filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the rapper for illegally sampling The Persuaders’ “Trying Girls Out” on his remix of “Girls Girls Girls” featured on the Freshmen Adjustment 2 mixtape.
That same year, West was sued by record label TufAmerica for an uncleared sample of Eddie Bo’s “Hook & Sling” used on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Less than a year later, David Pryor’s estate went after West for “Gold Digger,” insisting the lyrics “Get down, girl, go ‘head, get down” were taken from a chant featured in Thunder & Lightning’s “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.”