A New York label is suing Kanye West, claiming the Grammy-winning rapper illegally used portions of a 1969 song by New Orleans legend Eddie Bo on his No. 1 2010 album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In its complaint, TufAmerica says two tracks on "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- "Who Will Survive in America?" and "Lost in the World" -- include a bit of "Hook and Sling, Part 1" by Eddie Bo, which TufAmerica says it bought the rights to more than 15 years ago.
TufAmerica claims West's label Roc-A-Fella paid a license fee of $62,500, but "failed and refused to enter into written license agreements that accounted for their multiple other uses of ['Hook and Sling']." The label is seeking undisclosed damages for copyright infringement.
In 2010, Kanye West was sued by musician Vincent Peters over a copyright dispute regarding similarities between West's "Stronger" and a song Peters had sent West's business associate in 2006. West's legal counsel referenced the works of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, whose maxim "that which does not kill us makes us stronger" is quoted in the song, and the court ruled in the rappers' favor.
TufAmerica is the same label that filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against the Beastie Boys earlier this year, the day before band member Adam Yauch died of cancer. That lawsuit claimed the Beasties' 1980s albums "License to Ill" and "Paul's Boutiquet" illicitly sampled from two Trouble Funk songs TufAmerica administers.
Kanye's latest gone-too-far remark? "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm (expletive) insane, like I'm Hitler," he said while performing at The Big Chill concert in the UK on August 6. "One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did." We're not positive, but we're pretty sure referencing Adolf Hitler isn't the way to get <em>more</em> people to understand you.
It was the VMA acceptance speech heard 'round the world -- and it wasn't even by the intended recipient. When Taylor Swift won the 2009 VMA for Best Female Video, it was only a matter of seconds before Kanye West jumped up on stage to declare Beyonce the real winner in his eyes.
The defeated look on Swift's face and Beyonce's embarrassed/confused reaction was all caught on live TV during the MTV telecast.
When producers booked Kanye as a celebrity guest for a Hurricane Katrina Relief telethon, they had no idea he would use the opportunity to diss President Bush. But he did, going so far as to say, "George Bush hates black people." In November 2010, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/george-bush-kanye-racist_n_777967.html" target="_hplink">Bush revealed in an NBC interview</a> that West's remark was the worst moment of his presidency.
It's a cringe-worthy moment, for sure, but Mike Myer's on-camera uncomfortableness during West's tirade tops it all.
In November 2010, West sat down with Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" to discuss <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/george-bush-kanye-racist_n_777967.html" target="_hplink">Bush's reaction to his remarks during the Hurricane Katrina telethon</a>. While West carefully chose his words, he turned an ordinary interview into a quasi-feud with Lauer when he brought up his VMA outburst. "Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that s*** was cool to play the "MTV" clip when I was speaking about Bush?" <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/KanyeWest" target="_hplink">West tweeted</a>. West cancelled his "Today Show" performance after the fallout from the interview.
Kanye West was all smiles before the 2007 VMAs and appeared onstage with fellow rapper 50 Cent (above). But after being nominated for five Moon Men and walking away with empty-handed, West was quite vocal about his disappointment, reportedly yelling backstage that he would "<a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1569313/kanye-west-hell-never-return-mtv-report.jhtml" target="_hplink">never return to MTV.</a>"
...And that backstage outburst was caught on tape. Yikes.
While performing at a 2005 Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, Kanye <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1922188_1922187_1923051,00.html" target="_hplink">reportedly referenced AIDS as a "man-made disease"</a> that was "placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers."
When Kanye lost the Best Video award to Justice at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, he decided to voice his opinion on the matter. Instead of taking the news of his loss quietly, West jumped up on stage to spew a profanity-filled tirade about how his video for "Touch The Sky" should have won instead. West later blamed his outburst on booze. "I had a little sippy sippy," <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1544794/kanye-had-sippy-sippy-before-emas.jhtml" target="_hplink">he told MTV UK</a>, adding he planned to continue drinking after the show.