Kanye West being sued for “Gold Digger” sample

Kanye West being sued for “Gold Digger” sample

Kanye West being sued for “Gold Digger” sample

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by CBS News

CBS News

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM

(CBS) -- It’s fairly well-known that Kanye West’s hit “Gold Digger” is built around a sample of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman,” but did he also borrow a sample from the late musician David Pryor?

According to a new lawsuit, brought on by Pryor’s two children Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, “Gold Digger” borrows a sample of their father saying “get down,” which comes from his 1974 song “Bumpin’ Bus Stop,” recorded by Pryor and his band Thunder & Lightning. Apparently, if you listen closely, you can hear what’s allegedly Pryor’s voice saying, “get down” three times. In “Gold Digger,” West sings: “Get down girl, get down, get down.”

According to TMZ, Steward and Pryor are asking for a judge to block future sales of “Gold Digger” and for “millions of dollars” in damages. The timing for the suit comes eight years after “Gold Digger” went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
 

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