Kanye West Sued Over ‘Gold Digger’ Sample

    April 9, 2013

As Kanye West prepares to become a parent and expends his mental energy on crafting joke names for his progeny, he certainly doesn’t have time to go to court over one of his biggest hit songs.

TMZ is reporting that a lawsuit has been filed over West’s 2005 hit ‘Gold Digger’. The lawsuit claims that West sampled a small portion of a 1974 Thunder & Lightning song titled ‘Bumpin’ Bus Stop’. Thunder & Lightning singer David Pryor wrote and sang the song, and now his children are suing West for his use of the sample. Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor are suing for money and an injunction on sales of ‘Gold Digger’.

The sample in question comes from the beginning of ‘Gold Digger’. As West is saying “Get down girl, go ‘head, get down,” a voice in the background can be heard saying “get down” repeatedly. Steward and Pryor claim this is sampled from ‘Bumpin’ Bus Stop.’ The sample comes in at around the 33-second mark in the ‘Gold Digger’ video below:

(Image courtesy Matthew Field/Wikimedia Commons)