Kanye West is facing a copyright lawsuit over allegations that his song ‘Life of the Party’ samples a Boogie Down production track without permission.
“Life of the Party” features Andre 3000, and was released as part of the deluxe edition of his 2021 album ‘Donda’ on Weststeam Player. Phase One Network – 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’.
The lawsuit alleges that West initially sought permission for the ‘South Bronx’ sample in July of last year, but withdrew the request in November 2021, after the two sides disputed the song’s authorized use. did not agree At the time, the rapper had already released ‘Donda’, which came out in August 2021 along with the deluxe edition.
according to Rolling Stone, The lawsuit cites the “life of the party” of the South Bronx’s honking horns, sweet faces and drumming as evidence of the violation. The lawsuit also alleges that West and his team used “Life of the Party” to promote both “Donda” and Steam Player, and asks that any further use of the song be stopped.
“By unlawfully including ‘South Bronx’ in the infringing track and permitting the distribution of the infringing track through Steam Player and its related websites, all Defendants have permitted the widespread distribution of the infringing track,” the court said. Read documents.
West is named as a plaintiff along with record labels Good Music, Universal Music Group Records and Def Jam Records, the latter of which was signed to the release of ‘Donda’. Also nominated is Steam Player CEO and co-founder Alex Klein, with whom West collaborated to launch the device in 2021. In response to the lawsuit, a STEM spokesperson said Rolling Stone, “We have only just heard about this claim, and are now investigating it.”
“The KANO and STEM team were assured by Kanye and Yeezy that they would provide the music with ‘all intellectual property rights, licenses and consents.’ This was important to us, as STEM was built from the ground up to A more fair and unlimited tool than the current music business. In STEM, creators control their work, pricing, rights, and distribution completely,” the spokesperson said.
The ‘South Bronx’ case comes amid several other legal battles targeting the West in recent months. Earlier this year, he faced two lawsuits over copyright infringement of “Donda” in the songs “Flowers” and “Come Alive”. In July, West was sued by an L.A. production company over claims of unpaid fees related to his “Donda 2” live stream and his canceled Coachella 2022 appearance, among other events.
Recently, the family of George Floyd, a victim of police brutality, was reported to be preparing a defamation lawsuit against West after making inaccurate and inflammatory comments about Floyd’s death in an October interview.