With the case of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines sparking controversy for, not only being incredibly creepy and rape-y, some copyright issues regarding music by Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic, you would think that covering yourself with a release for a sample would be the best thing for you. Someone didn’t tell Kendrick Lamar that. Lamar’s song Rigamortis, a track on his debut iTunes release Section.80, contained an un-cleared sample from musician Willie Jones III and Eric Reed.
Reed and Jones’ jazzy song The Thorn was used as the beat for the Lamar song. They filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million claiming that The Thorn isn’t just a part of Rigamortis, “IT IS RIGAMORTIS.”
Do you think Rigamortis lifted The Thorn? You be the judge.
The alleged sample is taken from the 13-second mark, looped and sped up.
Rigamortis is produced by Willie B and Sounwave of Digi+Phonics. A ball was dropped somewhere but who would be to blame? Of course it would be Lamar because he did release this track on iTunes for a fee. Did Kendrick Lamar and/or his camp released Rigamortis with a sample without permission or is the loop an original recording?
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