*Kanye West is being sued by a New York-based record label over claims he stole a portion 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 the complaint, TufAmerica says two tracks on “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” — “Who Will Survive in America?” and “Lost in the World” — include a piece 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.
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 Boutique” illicitly sampled from two Trouble Funk songs TufAmerica administers.