Kanye West is being sued by the record label Tuf America/Tuff City for samples he used on his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
The label charges that West used Eddie Bo's "Hook and Sling, Part 1" as a sample on two of the album's cuts -- "Lost in the World" and "Who Will Survive in America?" While West and his label, Roc-A-Fella/Universal, paid a $62,500 license fee for use of the track, Tuf America/Tuff City doesn't think that's enough. They accuse West and his team of failing to enter "written license agreements that accounted for their multiple other uses of ['Hook and Sling']." Bo's sample can also be heard in West's Runaway film, which uses My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as its soundtrack.
Tuf America/Tuff City claim they are victims of copyright infringement and are seeking undisclosed damages. This isn't the first time the label has nitpicked their way to a lawsuit. A day before the passing of Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, the label slapped the hip-hop trio with a similar copyright infringement suit over the use of "Trouble Funk" on License to Ill and Paul's Boutique. At that point, both albums had been out for more than twenty years.
See if you can spot the "Hook and Sling, Part 1" sample in West's "Lost in the World" below.
"Hook and Sling, Part 1"
"Lost in the World"