Berlin label claims Kareem Lofty’s “Fr3sh” was sampled by Kanye West without permission

Pitchfork reports that Pan alleges that Kanye used it for “I Thought About Killing You.”

June 02, 2018
Berlin label claims Kareem Lofty’s “Fr3sh” was sampled by Kanye West without permission Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for ADIDAS  

Pitchfork reported that the Berlin-based music label Pan is alleging that Kanye West used a sample from one of their artists without permission. According to Pan, West sampled Kareem Lofty's "Fr3sh" from the Pan compliation album mono no aware on "I Thought About Killing You," the opening song on Kanye West's new album ye.

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A tweet from the label account simple stated: "Kanye samples mono no aware smh." Kanye's album credits make no mention of a sample from the label or the artist.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Bill Kouligas, the head of Pan, said that “It’s sadly another case of an artist who capitalizes on culture without any original ideas and because culture trickles up, this means we are all basically working for him. Everything leads to him, he’s the ultimate narcissist.”

Kouligas and Pan are reportedly pursuing legal action about the sample. Representatives for Kanye West and Pan did not immediately return requests for comment.

Berlin label claims Kareem Lofty’s “Fr3sh” was sampled by Kanye West without permission