Everyone knows how vital a superior sample is to a great song (See Also: almost every song made in the past 10 years), but in case you’ve forgotten, let a possible Jay-Z and Kanye West lawsuit over Watch The Throne refresh your memory. Soul singer Syl Johnson is allegedly planning to go after Hova and Weezy for using a sample of his song “Different Strokes” in the song “The Joy” without his permission or, more importantly, a paycheck. Reportedly Kanye West had been in talks to use part of the song for his last album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but a deal couldn’t be reached. Seeing as how talks weren’t resumed for Watch The Throne, apparently two hyper-famous millionaires just thought no one would notice if they sprinkled a little bit of the tune on their new album. Shockingly, someone did.
Following the release of Watch the Throne, archival label Numero Group was also surprised to find their names attached to it in conjuncture with “Different Strokes,” writing on their blog yesterday, “Late last night, we received a phone call from Syl—who was nearly in tears—asking if we knew why The Numero Group appeared in the credits to a new Kanye West/Jay Z album called Watch The Throne. We had no idea.” The post ends with the promise: “Island Def Jam seems to think that Syl doesn’t have any fight left in him. We’re betting otherwise.” We’d be fighting to have our name recognized too, Syl; do you hear how good “The Joy” is?
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