You’d probably be surprised to hear that an international music superstar gets his lyrical inspiration from a 19th-century existentialist philosopher. At least until we told you it was Kanye West. Then you’d say, “Oh,” put your headphones back on and listen to Watch The Throne for the 4,814th time. That, however, is exactly what Yeezy is claiming in his response to a copyright lawsuit filed by musician Vincent Peters over his song “Stronger.” Filed in 2010, dismissed and currently up for appeal, Peters’ case claims that Kanye must have jacked his song, seeing as how the two tunes share the same title, some lyrical similarities, and most damning of all, a reference to supermodel Kate Moss. Case closed, your honor! Make some room in Solitary!
Both men admit that their lyrics are inspired on some level by the Friedrich Nietzsche maxim, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” a saying which everyone on the planet has heard at some point in their lives. Kanye’s lawyers are making the case that rhymes based on a popular saying your grandmother told you when you fell off your bike shouldn’t be subject to copyright laws. Hopefully, things will pan out for Yeezy; we wouldn’t want anything to happen to his sizzling new track, “A Snitch In Time Saves 9.”