Kanye West Facing New Copyright Lawsuit Over “Gold Digger”
Rapper Kanye West has found himself caught in the middle of another copyright infringement lawsuit thanks to his 2005 single “Gold Digger.” AllHipHop reports that Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, the children of the late David Pryor, are suing Mr. West and a number of labels for allegedly sampling a portion of 1970′s record “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.”
The lawsuit states that West and others partook in an “illegal copyright infringement scheme and criminal enterprise involving the unauthorized, willful sampling of plaintiff’s original copyrighted music on a massive scale.”
Others targeted in the copyright/RICO lawsuit include Roc-A-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Stones Throw Records, and even video game publisher Activision.
“Gold Digger” features singer/actor Jamie Foxx and is produced by Kanye West who initially put together the beat for fellow rapper Shawnna.
The specific amount Steward and Pryor are seeking in their lawsuit is uncertain, but it is reported to be in the millions.