Kanye West has been sued for sampling the Ponderosa Twins Plus One’s “Bound (To Love)”. The lawsuit was brought on by Ricky Spicer, the lead singer of the Ponderosa Twins crew. Although the song was written by Bobby Massey and Bobby Dukes, according to the Cleveland Challenger, the publishing rights are owned by Chuck Brown Sr., owner of Astroscope Records, the label Bound was originally released on.
As we all know, because we read “Everything You Need To Know About Sampling”, if Mr. Spicer does not own the publishing rights, for him to have any say in court, he must own the master recordings.
I find it very difficult to believe a 12 year old child who was discovered in an orphanage talent show would be able to wrestle the master recording rights from a veteran label owner. If so, more power to the then music business prodigy, if not this looks like another frivolous lawsuit aimed at a famous performer.
Lets keep an eye on this and see how it develops…