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Summary: A Hungarian composer is suing Kanye West for sampling his music for the song “New Slaves.”

Kanye West is known for his inflated ego, catchy music, and sexy wife Kim Kardashian; but is he a music thief? That’s what one Hungarian musician is claiming.


Composer Gabor Presser said Yeazy sampled a part of Presser’s work for his song, “New Slaves.” Presser said West did reach out to him before the song was released, but Presser said he would only allow the use once a formal agreement was reached, TMZ reports. West sent Presser a $10,000 advance to move the deal faster, but Presser didn’t cash it. Now the Hungarian wants $2.5 million.

West samples Presser’s “Gyöngyhajú lány” towards the end of his “New Slaves” track. Lyrics to the song include “I’d rather be a dick than a swallower.”

Metro reports that this is the second time West has been accused of using samples without permission. In May of 2015, Ricky Spicer sued him for the unauthorized use of his vocals on the song “Bound 2.”

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Ironically, West was considering being the plaintiff in an intellectual property theft case earlier this year. In February, he released his latest album “The Life of Pablo” exclusively on Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal, but some fans didn’t want to sign up for the paid service so they sought illegal means to get West’s music. West wanted to sue Pirate Bay, where many users accessed his music for free.

Was West in the wrong here or do you think there is more to this story? Let us know in the comment below.

Source: TMZ



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