Kendrick Lamar Sued For Sampling Song On A Free Mixtape
Back in 2009, Kendrick Lamar released The Kendrick Lamar EP, which featured a track titled ‘I Do This‘ — that track featured a sample of Bill Withers’ ‘Don’t Want You To Say‘. Mind you: this was a mixtape, independently-released. For free. As in, via free-range mixtape sites.
Enter Mattie Music Group, who owns the rights to Bill Withers’ publishing, and they’ve filed legal docs against Lamar for using the sample:
[‘I Do This’] consists of nothing more than new rap and hip hop lyrics set to the existing music of ‘Don’t You Want To Stay.’
As a result? Mattie Music Group wants Lamar to pay for damages and stop using the track immediately.