sample clearance

Kanye West's issues continue to pile up. He is now being sued over a BDP sample that he has no right to use on his Stem Player. 

Right Said Fred, an English pop duo known for their smash hit "I'm Too Sexy," blasts Beyoncé for not reaching out to them before using its song.

G-Eazy and Juicy J were named in a recently filed lawsuit that alleges the pair ripped off the original work of two Memphis artists for the Bay Area star’s “No Limit” hit single from 2017. DJ Squeeky and Gaylon Love say they own the rights to the track sampled for “No Limit” with the pair […]

A soul singer from the ’60s is angling for a big payday after bringing a lawsuit against Virginia producer Timbaland for sampling one of his tracks for a pair of songs. Ernie Hines filed a $2 million lawsuit against Timbaland, who used the original recording to create songs for Jay-Z and Ginuwine separately.

Nicki Minaj found herself in the crosshairs of singer and songwriter Tracy Chapman after an unreleased track was leaked to the public. Minaj has fired back at Chapman, saying that while she did use the sample, the song was never sold and thus she doesn’t have to pay up.

Juice WRLD has a smash hit with his song “Lucid Dreams” which borrows musical elements from rocker Sting’s 1993 track “Shape Of My Heart.” It appears that Sting allegedly threatened legal action over the song despite giving his earlier blessings, but Juice WLRD isn’t too stressed.


The summer of Nicki continues. Last week Nicki Minaj had twitter on fire thanks to her eyebrow-raising bars on “Barbie Dreams,” and only a day after dropping her highly anticipated album Queen, the Queens rapper released a Nas-featured cut that didn’t make the album.

A Tribe Called Quest is currently enjoying the fruits of their labor spawned from their classic debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, which turned 25-years-old this past April.

Action Bronson has had a year worth forgetting but the dark cloud hasn’t left from over his hulking frame just yet.

Def Jam’s sample clearance department had one job. Kanye West has settled the lawsuit brought against him and his label back 2013  for the illegal use of a sample in “Bound 2” off his Yeezus album. 

Depending on whom you ask, Pharrell and Robin Thicke getting peeled for $7.4 million after copying a Marvin Gaye track without permission is either justice being served or a bad legal precedent. The “Magic Man” doesn’t come cheap, but his classics can be legally sampled.

While Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have their own legal headaches at the moment, the third member of the Aftermath trinity in Eminem is looking at an inevitable payout over an uncleared sample from his 2013 hit, “Rap God.”