Clearance Rack: 10 Producers Who’ve Been Sued Over Samples
Producers Sued Over Samples
It’s almost like a rite of passage, in order to become a super-producer, you have to be sued for illegal use of a sample at least once—or at least that seems to be the case.
A number of big name producers have been served with court papers claiming they stole a riff, borrowed a drum pattern or flat out lifted an entire track.
Most recently Timbaland was hit with a $5 million lawsuit for allegedly using a sample without permission on Jay-Z’s hit single “Big Pimpin”, but he isn’t the only one.
Coveted beat makers from Kanye to Dr Dre have been accused of using samples without clearance.
Here’s a list of 10 well-known producers who’ve been charged with heisting hits.