A record label is suing Kanye West for allegedly sampling their song without permission.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the 45-year-old rap star did not obtain the rights to South Bronx from record company Boogie Down Productions before using part of the track on his record, despite allegedly initially reaching out to do so.
“Ye and his partner Alex Klein sold around 11K Stem Players within the first 24 hours of its release, raking in around $2.2 million,” a company source told the outlet. Even though Ye’s team attempted to license the sample, they never received permission to use it.”
According to the outlet, the parties never reached an agreement, and Ye’s team eventually decided to withdraw their licensing offer but went on to heavily promote the track in order to boost album sales, but the KRS-One-owned company is now attempting to block the track from streaming services.
The news comes only a few days after it was revealed that the Stronger rapper, who caused controversy last month when he tweeted that he was about to “go death con 3′′ on Jews, is rumored to have admired late Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler, who orchestrated the murder of six million Jews through the Holocaust from 1939 to 1945.
According to documents obtained by NBC News, Kanye, who was married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, 42, and has children North, 9, Saint, 6, Chicago, 4, and Psalm, 3, with her, has now reportedly paid off the former employee for an undisclosed amount.
The outlet also claimed that six other people who had worked with Kanye, who legally changed his name to Ye in 2021, had “heard him mention conspiracy theories about Jewish people or praise Hitler.”