2016-04-14T22:04:12+00:00 2016-04-14T22:04:12+00:00

Kendrick Lamar faces lawsuit for uncleared sample of Bill Withers' "Don't You Want to Stay"

Mattie Music Group has filed a lawsuit against Kendrick Lamar for his alleged uncleared sampling of Bill Withers' 1975 song "Don't You Wanna Say." The unfair usage was alleged on Lamar's "I Do This" from his 2009 self-titled EP. According to TMZ, the complaint filed against the Compton-based rapper claims that his track "consists of nothing more than new rap and hip hop lyrics set to the existing music of 'Don't You Want To Stay.' "

According to Reuters, the Los Angeles federal court in which the lawsuit was filed is the same court that found both Pharrell and Robin Thicke guilty of infringing the copyright of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," in their hit "Blurred Lines."

Kendrick Lamar's self-titled EP, the album containing the track with alleged unfair use, was the album in which he first changed his performance name from K-Dot to Kendrick Lamar. Recently, the rapper was also presented with the key to the city of Compton.

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