Kanye West (44), who is now known as Ye, is being sued by Texas pastor David Paul Moten, who believes part of his sermon was used for Ye’s song “Come To Life.” Moten claims that 70 seconds of his religious speech were incorporated into the song without permission, making up about 20 percent of the total. This reports ‘TMZ’.
The song is on West’s album ‘Donda’, which was released last year. Moten is not pleased that ‘the music industry knowingly uses samples without informing the rightful owner or asking for permission’.
In addition to Ye, the pastor is also suing Universal Music Group Recordings, Def Jam Recordings and GOOD Music, from whom he also wants compensation. West spokesmen declined to comment on the incident.
It is not the first time that Ye has used unsolicited samples from certain speeches or other recordings. For example, in 2010 he would have ‘borrowed’ samples from the song 21st Century Schizoid Man by the band King Crimson from 1969 for his song ‘Power’. Even then, the rapper would not have officially asked for a license.