Chance The Rapper Sued For Copyright Infringement

Jazz musician Abdul Wali Muhammad alleges he was not asked about a sample on 10 Day.

September 13, 2017
Chance The Rapper Sued For Copyright Infringement Chance the Rapper performs during XQ Super School Live, presented by EIF, at Barker Hangar on September 8, 2017 in Santa California.   Tommaso Boddi/Getty

Chance the Rapper is facing legal action over an alleged copyright infringement involving a song on his 2012 mixtape 10 Day.


It is claimed by New York-based jazz musician Abdul Wali Muhammad that Chance's "Windows" samples Lonnie Liston Smith song "Bridge Through Time." Muhammad, formerly known as Eric P. Saunders, filed a separate claim for the original song a year before its release in 1979.

Muhammad is claiming that he was not asked for permission to use the sample, the Chicago Tribune reports. He is seeking damages and a court order from a federal judge to stop Chance from “copying, distributing, performing, selling or offering to sell ‘Windows.'”

Muhammad says he contacted Chance's management in May 2017 to request a cease of infringement but did not receive a response.

Listen to "Windows" below. The FADER has reached out for comment.

Chance The Rapper Sued For Copyright Infringement