Kanye West has been sued by a former child star over an allegedly unlicensed sample.
Ricky Spicer – member of 1960s group the Ponderosa Twins Plus One – has claimed his lyrics have been used without permission in West’s track “Bound 2”, reports the New York Daily News.
The 56-year-old says his lyrics were recorded when he was aged 12, after being discovered at a talent show in 1969.
Spicer has also sued West’s labels Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group.
“Mr Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice… is heard several times,” the suit states.
The lawsuit was filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday (December 23). It also asks West to provide compensation to Spicer or cease and desist from using his voice on the track. SOURCE
Kanye West and Universal Music Group have yet to speak about the story.
Watch the video for “Bound 2” below: