Kanye West Apparently Didn't Clear a Bunch of Samples on Teyana Taylor's 'K.T.S.E.' Album

A "complete" version of the record is still to come

BY Sarah MurphyPublished Jun 27, 2018

Teyana Taylor's K.T.S.E. is the latest in a string of Kanye West-assisted releases, but apparently the rapper/producer didn't manage to clear all the samples he used on the record before its release.
Numero Group has accused West of using an unauthorized sample on "Issues/Hold On" from Taylor's album, which was released on June 22 via livestream (it hit streaming services more than a day later).
The original track in question is a cover of Billy Stewart's 1965 song "I Do Love You," though the artist on the recording used is unknown. It appeared on Numero Group's 2018 Boddie Recording Company box set.
Numero Group co-founder Rob Sevier told Pitchfork that representatives for West and Taylor have yet to reach out to clear the sample.
"I want to be explicit that while we haven't actually heard anything from Kanye's team about this sample, we are in the midst of multiple other clearances and I don't want to imply that they don't intend to clear it," he said.
Taylor, meanwhile, has suggested that a "complete" version of the album is still to come. She appeared on Big Boy's Neighborhood and explained that there were pieces missing from her artistic vision for the album.
A song called "We Got Love" was played during the livestream, but is not available on streaming services as of yet. Taylor also said there were samples of tracks by Sade and Lauryn Hill that weren't cleared ahead of the album's release, and thus are not currently included in the stream-able version of K.T.S.E.
Thankfully, she also said that the clearance issues should be resolved soon and that the real version of the album should arrive on streaming services this upcoming weekend.
Taylor will be heading out on tour with Jeremih later this year. See the upcoming dates here.

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