Jay & Kanye Sued For Uncleared Syl Johnson Sample

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Gumbo, Ya Heard?!?!

Published on October 15, 2011 with No Comments

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:

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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.



1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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