Kanye West ‘being sued by pastor for sampling religious speeches without permission’

Kanye West and his record label are reportedly being sued by a pastor for allegedly sampling a religious sermon on a track without permission.

It has been claimed that the rapper, 44, sampled a religious speech from Bishop David Paul Moten on his track Come to Life, on his tenth album Donda.

Texas pastor Moten is reportedly suing West along with record labels Universal Music Group (UMG Recordings), Def Jam Recordings and GOOD Music for damages.

TMZ reports that he has obtained documents indicating that Moten claims his sermon is used for 70 seconds of the track – which has a total running time of 5 minutes and 10 seconds.



Kanye West would be prosecuted for allegedly using a sample without permission

He is therefore said to make up over 20% of the track, suggesting that his vocals and sermon are used in the song’s intro in addition to being looped throughout.

Moten reportedly referred to it as an example of West and the music industry “deliberately and blatantly sampling other people’s sound recordings without consent or permission”.

TMZ reports that Moten is also suing Def Jam Recordings and West’s own label, GOOD Music, as well as their parent company UMG Recordings in the case.



It is said to be linked to a track from West's tenth album, Donda (2021)
It is said to be linked to a track from West’s tenth album, Donda (2021)



According to TMZ, it was Bishop David Paul Moten who filed the complaint against West
According to TMZ, it was Bishop David Paul Moten who filed the complaint against West

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The Mirror has approached representatives for West and UMG.

Kanye’s album Donda was released in August last year – months after his highly publicized split from wife Kim Kardashian.

It topped the charts in a number of countries including the UK, Ireland, US and Australia upon its release and was certified Platinum in several countries.



West and three record labels would be sued for using the alleged sample
West and three record labels would be sued for using the alleged sample

The album – which is named after his late mother Donda West, who died in 2007 – has been nominated for several accolades, including at the Grammy Awards this year.

It was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album, while tracks Jail and Hurricane won Best Rap Song and Best Melodic Rap Performance, respectively.

Kanye was, however, banned from attending the event after comments made on Instagram.

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