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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Producer Sues JAY Z & Kanye West Over Song Sample On ‘Watch the Throne’


Legendary Chicago US Blues & Soul singer
and music producer Syl Johnson has filed a
lawsuit against rappers Kanye West and
Jay-Z for allegedly sampling a decade-old
song on their collaborative album ‘Watch
the Throne’.

Syl Johnson, 75, claims Kanye and Jay-Z
never at any point obtained permission
from his Syl-Zel Music Company to use his
1967 song, ‘Different Strokes’ which has
been sampled by other artistes such as the
late pop king Michael Jackson, 2Pac and Kid
Rock on as an excerpt in the track ‘The
Joy’off ‘Watch the Throne’.

Syl, real name Sylvester Thompson told NBC
Chicago in a video interview that it was his
grandson that discovered his (Johnson)
song was sampled on the ‘Watch the
Throne’ album. He also said that he felt more
disappointed with Kanye West who has
worked previously with his daughter
Syleena Johnson. Syleena featured on
Kanye’s ‘All falls down’ off his 2004 debut
‘ College Dropout’.

‘He knew me, he knew my daughter, Mr.
West should have come to me’, Johnson
who has released 14 albums in his career
said.

A call placed by us through to the Roc-A-
Fella Records official contact number wasn’t
answered.

Jay and Kanye West released ‘Watch the
Throne‘ on August 8, 2011. In October, the
album was certified Platinum by the
Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA).

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