Kanye West sued over unauthorised sample use on ‘Donda’ track ‘Life Of The Party’

Kanye West is suing Boogie Down Productions for unauthorized sampling of his song ‘Life Of The Party’.

‘Life Of The Party’ features André 3000 and was released on West’s Stem Player as part of the deluxe edition of his 2021 album DONDA. First Stage Line — the management company that oversees Boogie Down’s music catalog — has since claimed that the song uses elements of the hip-hop group’s 1987 track “South Bronx.”

In the lawsuit, West originally requested permission to sample “South Bronx” in July of last year, but withdrew that request in November 2021 after the two sides could not agree on permissible use of the song. At the time, the rapper released the song “DONDA” in August 2021, which came alongside his deluxe songs.

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Appropriate Rolling Stone, The lawsuit cited Life Of The Party’s “exact reproduction” of “South Bronx” horn hits, melodic figures and drums as evidence of infringement. The lawsuit also alleges West and his team used “Life Of The Party” to promote “DONDA” and the Stem player, and asks to be barred from further use of the song.

“By unlawfully including ‘South Bronx’ on the infringing track and permitting distribution of the infringing track through the Stem player and associated website, all defendants permitted the widespread distribution of the infringing track,” the court documents state.

West is named as a defendant along with GOOD Music, Universal Music Group Recordings and Def Jam Recordings, the latter of which he was signed to when “DONDA” was released. Also named is Alex Klein, CEO and founder of Stem Player, which West has partnered with to launch the device in 2021. A STEM representative who responded to the lawsuit. Rolling Stone, “We just heard about this complaint and are currently investigating it.”

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“KANO and the STEM team were assured that Kanye and Yeezy would provide the music with ‘all intellectual property rights, licenses and agreements.’ This was important to us because STEM was designed from the ground up to be a more equitable and immersive environment than the music business today. “At STEM, authors fully own and control their work, pricing, rights and distribution,” the spokesperson said.

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The “South Bronx” trial comes amid several other legal battles aimed at West in recent months. Earlier this year, he faced two lawsuits for infringing DONDA’s copyright on the songs “Flowers” and “Come to Life.” In July, West was sued by a Los Angeles production company for unpaid royalties related to his live performance of “Donda 2” and his cancellation from Coachella 2022.

The family of George Floyd, a recent victim of police brutality, is reportedly preparing a defamation lawsuit against West after he made false and crude comments about Floyd’s death in an interview in October.


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