Kanye West Sued for $500,000 Over Sample Used in 2006

April 02, 2012

Kanye West is facing another lawsuit for his track, "Girls, Girls, Girls (Remix)" from his 2006 mixtape, Freshmen Adjustment 2. The track contains a sample from soul group The Persuaders' 1972 track, "Trying Girls Out." Freshmen Adjustment 2 was never commercially released, but Persuaders singer Robert Poindexter is unhappy with the use of his song, and on March 27th filed a claim with the U.S. District Court in Southern New York seeking $500,000 in damages. Says Poindexter:

Kanye West willfully infringed the copyright for private and financial gain by selling and distributing an untold amount of physical and digital copies of the illegal version (mixed tapes [sic]/street albums) to the general public on internet downloads and through the mail.

Fans will note that the original "Girls, Girls, Girls" was a single from Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, for which the Persuaders' sample was actually cleared. There are no reports on whether this agreement extends to West's usage on his mixtape. West recently settled a dispute with another soul musician, Syl Johnson, for unauthorized use of his song "Different Strokes."

Posted: April 02, 2012
Kanye West Sued for $500,000 Over Sample Used in 2006