The Throne has run into a lil’ snafu as they apparently forgot(?) to clear a sample used on ‘The Joy.’
“Defendants are aware that Plaintiff’s own the copyrights to ‘Different Strokes’ as Defendants attempted to obtain permission to use an excerpt from this composition on West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Johnson’s lawyer wrote in the complaint. “When Defendants were unable to legally obtain the rights to this composition for West’s album, Defendants withheld releasing ‘The Joy.’ Despite having never received permission to use an excerpt from ‘Different Strokes,’ Defendants nonetheless released ‘The Joy’ shortly thereafter on Watch the Throne.”
Read the full report over at AllHipHop.
Though co-producer Pete Rock created the meat of the production around a Curtis Mayfield sample with a beat he’d been sitting on since 1997, he distanced himself from the situation on Twitter and made his feelings about it clear:
Here’s the Syl Johnson record in question. The sampled part comes in right at the beginning and you can hear it in ‘The Joy’ at around the 0:33 mark.