Children of 70’s Singer Slap Kanye West With Copyright Infringement Suit Over 8-Year-Old Song, ‘Gold Digger’

Back in 2005, Kanye West released popular baller’s anthem, “Gold Digger,” which garnered a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year, sold over 3 million digital copies and even snatched the No.1 spot on the Billboard charts. Now fast forward to the year 2013. TMZ is reporting that Kanye West has recently been served with a copyright infringement suit, 8 years after the track’s release. By whom, you ask? Well, according to TMZ papers were filed by siblings Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor. Steward and Pryor and the children of David Pryor, who was a member of 70’s band Thunder & Lightening.

During David’s time with Thunder & Lightening, he penned a song called “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.” Both children own about 1/4 of the song, which is where West comes in. They are claiming that 13 seconds into his “Gold Digger” track, he pulls a tiny sample from their father’s song and if you listen closely, you can hear their Dad saying, “Get down” three times while Kanye is saying “Get down girl, gon’ head, get down.”

Steward and Pryor are requesting that a judge put a stop to the sale of “Gold Digger” in addition to seeking a hefty amount of money for damages.

You can check out a snippet from Pryor’s track below. Turn the page for the brief snippet from “Gold Digger” that Pryor’s kiddies are claiming features their Dad. Let us know if you hear the alleged sample. 

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