Kanye West Sued over "Bound 2" Sample, Teams Up with Drake Onstage in Toronto
Published Dec 24, 2013While Kanye West has been busy in Toronto the last few days, the rap celebrity has been delivered with a lump of coal just in time for the holidays. More specifically, Kanye has been hit with a lawsuit over an allegedly uncleared sample on his Yeezus single "Bound 2."
As the New York Daily News reports, onetime child star Ricky Spicer, who sang in Ponderosa Twins Plus One, filed a lawsuit yesterday (December 23) in Manhattan Supreme Court, accusing West of using his voice without permission. Spicer recorded the group's track "Bound" when he was only 12, and the track's "fallin' in love" refrain will no doubt now be familiar to millions.
"Mr. Spicer's voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice… is heard several times," says the suit.
For comparison purposes, you can stream both tracks below.
Along with West, the lawsuit names Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group as defendants.
According to the suit, Spicer is demanding West compensate him or cease and desist from using his voice. So far, West has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
In more positive news, Kanye is keeping his budding bromance with Drake alive and well. Last night, they once again performed together during the second Yeezus tour stop in Toronto, teaming up for "Forever" and "All Me." You can catch some fan footage below.