Kanye West has been sued for ripping off a portion of an obscure song without obtaining the rights for his international hit ‘Gold Digger’. Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor have moved to court to sue Kanye West, Roc-A-Fella Records, The Island and Def Jam Music Group for copyright infringement, among other allegations. Do you remember the song ‘Bumpin’ Bus Stop’? Trena and Lorenzo are the daughter and son of David Pryor, the musician who wrote and sang it with his band ‘Thunder & Lightening’ nearly forty years ago in 1974. The children each own a quarter of that tune and claim that 13 seconds into Kanye West’s chart-topping 2005 hit ‘Gold Digger,’ comes the rip-off from their father’s track.
Specifically, the reason for suing Kanye West arises 13 seconds into the song when their father says ‘Get down’ three times, echoing Kanye West saying ‘Get down, girl, go head get down’ three times too. The obscure musician’s children are seeking $150,000 per copyright infringement, along with attorney’s fees, from Kim Kardashian‘s boyfriend. Kanye West has been in news recently for taking potshots at Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and a host of other celebrities.
Considering ‘Gold Digger’ sold more than three million copies in the US alone and tens of millions of copies worldwide, the judgement could be quite expensive if it were to go against Kanye West and the labels named in the suit. However, beyond the obscurity of the song ‘Bumpin Bus Stop,’ it is also strange that the plaintiffs chose to file this lawsuit eight years after ‘Gold Digger’ became an international hit.
Kanye West has been sued before as well in September 2012 when New York record label TufAmerica sued Kanye West for using portions of a 1969 song by New Orleans legend Eddie Bo in the Grammy-winning rapper’s hit ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.’ In 2010, Kanye West was sued by musician Vincent Peters over a copyright dispute for the hit track ‘Stronger.’ In this case, the court ruled in favour of Kanye West. It remains to be seen whether he would be able to escape this time or not.