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It seems like every few weeks there are more reports about another artist being sued.
Last year Kanye West felt the heat for his single “Bound” when the lead singer of the soul group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One recognized his own young voice on the sample used within the song. And just last month, what was meant to be a simple joke snowballed into a serious accusation of plagiarism for Tame Impala. As soon as the news of one lawsuit blows over, yet another pops up. This time it’s Kendrick Lamar in the spotlight.
Kendrick Lamar is apparently being sued by two musicians named Eric Reed and Willie Jones III who claim that he stole their music for his song “Rigamortis,” a standout track from his 2011 album Section.80. According to Reed and Jones, “Rigamortis” features music from their 2010 song “The Thorn.” In the lawsuit, the two musicians reportedly claim that Lamar didn’t just sample their song but took it and rapped over it.
Neither Reed nor Jones were credited on the album and are now suing for at least $1 million, as well as all rights to and profits from “Rigamortis.”
Listen to both songs below.