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16 Oct 2011

Syl Johnson Sues Jay Z and Kanye for Illegally Using His Song Watch The Throne

Legendary Chicago US Blues & Soul singer and music producer Syl Johnson has filed a lawsuit against rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z for allegedly sampling a decade-old song on their collaborative album ‘Watch the Throne’.

Syl Johnson, 75, claims Kanye and Jay-Z never at any point obtained permission from his Syl-Zel Music Company to use his 1967 song, ‘Different Strokes’ which has been sampled by other artistes such as the late pop king Michael Jackson, 2Pacand Kid Rock on as an excerpt in the track ‘The Joy’off ‘Watch the Throne’.

Syl, real name Sylvester Thompson told NBC Chicago in a video interview that it was his grandson that discovered his (Johnson) song was sampled on the ‘Watch the Throne’ album. He also said that he felt more disappointed with Kanye West who has worked previously with his daughter Syleena Johnson. Syleena featured on Kanye’s ‘All falls down’ off his 2004 debut ‘College Dropout’.

‘He knew me, he knew my daughter, Mr. West should have come to me’, Johnson who has released 14 albums in his career said.

A call placed by us through to the Roc-A-Fella Records official contact number wasn’t answered.

Jay and Kanye West released ‘Watch the Throne‘ on August 8, 2011. In October, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA).

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