Rapper, producer and businessman Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, has been sued for allegedly sampling a Marshall Jefferson song without permission.
- West is accused of trying Marshall Jefferson’s song on his song Flowers.
- According to the lawsuit, West acknowledged during conversations with Jefferson that the song was sampled.
- Jefferson was a pioneer of house music.
Ultra International Music Publishing LLC said the song Flowers, from West’s Donda 2 album, includes a sample of Jefferson’s 1986 dance song Move Your Body, repeated at least 22 times.
A representative for West did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did West’s label, Universal Music Group, which is not a party to the lawsuit.
An attorney for Ultra International, which owns the rights to Jefferson’s song, said the company had no comment and believed the lawsuit spoke for itself.
Jefferson was a house music pioneer from West’s hometown of Chicago.
According to the lawsuit, West and his representatives acknowledged during conversations with Jefferson that Flowers tried Move Your Body but did not take a license.
The lawsuit said Flowers was referring to West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, whose petition to end their marriage was approved in March.
West released Donda 2 in February exclusively through his Stem Player, a portable device that allows users to isolate and recombine parts of songs.
Kano Computing Ltd, a British company that developed Stem Player with West and is also named in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Texas pastor David Paul Moten sued West in May for allegedly testing one of his sermons without permission.
West has previously settled lawsuits over samples of a Hungarian singer in the 2013 song New Slaves, a child’s prayer in the 2016 song Ultralight Beam, and a play about activist Marcus Garvey in Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2). , a 2018 collaboration with rapper Kid Cudi.