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Kendrick Lamar Sued for Allegedly ‘Copying’ Bill Withers Song

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Kendrick Lamar is once again facing litigation over his art. The acclaimed Compton rapper is being sued by Bill Withers‘ publishing group over a sample used in K. Dot’s 2013 song “I Do This.”

Golden Withers Music and Musidex Music are suing Lamar, a publishing unit of Warner Music Group and Top Dawg Entertainment for infringing on 1975s “Don’t Want You To Stay” from the soul legend’s album, Making Music, Making Friends. “I Do This” is on Lamar’s self-titled EP, which was mostly distributed as a free mixtape.

“The musical composition ‘I Do This’ consists of nothing more than new, so-called Rap or Hip Hop lyrics, set to the existing music of ‘Don’t Want You To Stay,'” the suit reads. They also allege that Lamar had “admitted” to copying Withers, and ignored demands to stop.

According to TMZ, the claim is demanding that Lamar stop any use of the sample.

Lamar has been hit with lawsuits for his tracks “The Blacker the Berry” and “Keisha’s Song (Her Pain).” After his well-received Grammy performance this past February, he was also accused of copying elements of Dice Raw’s musical play The Last Jimmy. 

Lamar recently inducted N.W.A. into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Interestingly enough, Withers was one of the highlights of 2015s Hall of Fame induction class. Business is business, but here’s hoping the legal situation can be resolved amicably.

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