Kanye West facing lawsuit by family of young girl on “Ultralight Beam”

West reportedly asked permission of the young girl’s biological mother, but not her legal guardians.

February 08, 2019
Kanye West facing lawsuit by family of young girl on “Ultralight Beam” Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Kanye West is now reportedly facing a lawsuit for guest vocals that appeared on his Life of Pablo intro track "Ultralight Beam."

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TMZ reports that West is being sued by the family of Natalie Green — the young girl who can be heard preaching at the song's beginning segment — for using her vocals without asking her legal guardians for permission.

TMZ notes that West did allegedly ask the permission of Green's biological mother — named Alice Johnson — to use the vocals, but the lawsuit claims that she is adopted, and that West failed to ask her adopted guardians for permission.

Kanye also failed to send over a license agreement and payment to Green for the song.

A rep for Kanye West was not immediately available for comment.

Kanye West facing lawsuit by family of young girl on “Ultralight Beam”