Celebrity Musician Marshall Jefferson Suing Kanye West and here is Why?

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Celebrity rapper Kanye West, popular as ‘Ye’, has reportedly found himself in legal trouble. He is accused of using a sample from Move Your Body, nicknamed The House Music Anthem, without permission or payment. The news hit the stands when a complaint was filed against the singer on Wednesday in New York federal court. Universal Music Group which is West’s label, and Kano Computing Ltd, the British business that developed the Stem Player on which West exclusively launched Donda 2, are also mentioned in the action.

According to reports, celebrity musician Marshall Jefferson is suing Kanye West for allegedly illegally copying his 1986 single Move Your Body at least 22 times on the song Flowers in Donda 2, West’s 2022 album, according to reports. The complaint was filed in New York’s US District Court by Ultra International Music Publishing.

According to the lawsuit, West and his crew previously disclosed to representatives for Jefferson that they had sampled his house record Move Your Body, but West did not obtain a license for the song, implying that Jefferson has not been compensated for the usage of the sample.

Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of house music subgenres, stated that his recordings had been “sampled thousands of times,” but that there was a “right way and a wrong way” to do so. Given that it was done by West, he described it as ‘disappointing.’ He is suing for unspecified earnings and damages, as well as the maximum statutory fines of $150,000 per violation. This would total to about $33million for 22 uses of the sample, reports say.

In 1986, Jefferson released Move Your Body on Trax Records. It was the first house record to use a piano, and it was made when he was working at the US Postal Service. Rolling Stone named it the 335th best song of all time in 2021.

This is not the first time the celebrity rapper is being sued. Ye got into controversy in May 2022, when he was sued by a preacher, David Paul Moten, for allegedly sampling his sermon without permission. He was previously sued for his tunes Bound 2 and New Slaves, but the suits were settled out of court.

Image Marshall Jefferson Instagram

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