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Kendrick Lamar Sued for Uncleared Sample on ‘Rigamortis.’

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 03: Kendrick Lamar attends the Mayweather Vs. Maidana Pre-Fight Party Presented By Showtime at MGM Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/WireImage)
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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.

[http://youtu.be/TstRwZygLAo]

The alleged sample is taken from the 13-second mark, looped and sped up.

[http://youtu.be/sBvngg87998]

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?

What do you think?