Kanye "Ye" West sued by Texas pastor for sampling sermon

Dallas County, Texas - Rapper Kanye West is being sued by a pastor for sampling his sermon on a track from his 2021 Grammy-nominated record Donda.

Kanye West (c.) is no stranger to copyright lawsuits, with most being settled out of court.
Kanye West (c.) is no stranger to copyright lawsuits, with most being settled out of court.  © Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Bishop David Paul Moten of Dallas County, Texas claims that more than 20% of the song Come to Life consists of a sample of a sermon of his, which he never gave Yeezy permission to use.

The legal filing for the suit explains that "approximately one minute and ten seconds (1:10) of this sound recording is sampled directly from Plaintiff's sermon and appears to run on a loop underscoring the pre-chorus and chorus throughout the song in question."

It also goes on to state that Ye, the defendant, has "demonstrated an alarming pattern and practice of willfully and egregiously sampling sound recordings of others without consent or permission."

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Ye produced the track alongside Jeff Bhasker, Warryn Campbell, Mark Williams, and Raul Cubina.

Moten is also suing Ye's label and its subsidiaries G.O.O.D Music, Def Jam Recordings and UMG Recordings.

The rapper has also faced more legal battles over his music recently, and more suits that have alleged unauthorized sampling on the songs New Slaves from his album Yeezus, Ultralight Beam from The Life of Pablo, and Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2) from his Kids See Ghosts project with former friend Kid Cudi. Most of his copyright lawsuits have been settled out of court.

Kanye recently went on a hiatus from the spotlight after facing backlash from feuding online with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her new beau Pete Davidson, among many others. Chances are we won't hear anything from West regarding this lawsuit anytime soon.

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