Kanye West’s single “Bound 2” might be one of the most popular from his “Yeezus” album, especially since the video for the song features his equally famous fiancee Kim Kardashian. However the song isn’t without controversy, as Kanye is being sued by a man who alleges that Kanye did not have permission to use a sample on the song. According to nme.com:
“Ricky Spicer, 56, of Ohio, was a member of the ’60s group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One in his childhood and says he recorded the lyrics sampled on West’s song at aged 12 after being discovered at a talent show in 1969. He is also suing West’s labels, Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group.
“‘Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice […] is heard several times,’ said the suit, which was filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday (Dec. 23). It also demands West provide compensation to Spicer or cease and desist from using his voice on the track.”
When dealing with samples as Kanye often does in his music, these things can happen. However‚ these issues usually resolve themselves without any major trials or legal action.
Check out the Ponderosa Twins “Bound” video and the Kanye West “Bound 2” below and see for yourself.