Published Aug 19, 2015Many modern hip-hop fans probably haven't heard of salsa orchestra El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. Action Bronson apparently has, however, since he is being sued over two of his samples that are allegedly taken from the veteran Puerto Rican group.
Bronson's songs "Mofongo" (from the 2011 mixtape Bon Appetit ..... Bitch!!!!!) and "Tapas" (from the 2012 Party Supplies team-up Blue Chips) apparently lift samples from El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico's songs "Falsaria" and "Trampolin." Evidently Bronson didn't get permission for the samples, which were on mixtapes rather than proper albums.
It's not exactly clear who is behind the lawsuit, but TMZ reports that it was filed by the owners of the songs. Pitchfork points out that the publishing rights for "Trampolin" are owned by Cartagena Enterprises. The owners want damages and they are aiming to stop distribution.
Last year, Bronson told NME, "I like to cook to Spanish and Latin music. If you're in the kitchen, you have to listen to rhythms, so I'd suggest bands like El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico."
Hear the songs below. Next time, Bronson should do what the rest of do and get his salsa samples from Costco.