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Kanye West Sued Over Marshall Jackson Sample Used On ‘Donda 2’

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Like most producers, samples are the soundtrack of our lives. The nostagalic melodies often speed up or shortened to create a newer sound that quickly is adopted into mainstream. Kanye is known for sampling. With some of his iconic songs, like Through The Wire, artists from the past have been happy to attach themselves to his futuristic music until now. Yesterday, Ultra International Music Publishing (UIMP) alleged that West used Jefferson’s 1986 hit “Move Your Body” on the track “Flowers” without proper compensation. UIMP is the publisher for Marshall Jefferson’s catalog and filed the suit on his behalf.

“I’ve been sampled thousands of times…Getting done by another artist, a Black artist, a fellow Chicagoan without acknowledgment is disappointing.” Marshall told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat.

Although the  album, named after West’s late mother, has yet to be made available on Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube, Mr. Jefferson is seeking profits and damages with the maximum of $150,000 per infringement. Marshall originally produced “Move Your Body” while he was working as a Postal Worker. It was the first house record to use a piano. Take a listen to both and you decide.

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