Kanye West sued for using uncleared sample

Common, Method Man and Redman also facing litigation

Kanye West, Method Man, Redman and Common are facing legal action from the estate of the late jazz saxophonist Joe Farrell after it was revealed that they have all sampled his track Upon This Rock without permission.

The case is being brought by Farrell’s daughter, Kathleen Firrantello, and relates to the following songs:

Kanye West – Gone
Common – Chi-City (produced by Kanye West)
Method Man and Redman – Run 4 Cover

Firrantello is reportedly seeking damages of up to $1m and demanding that no more copies of the songs be made, sold or performed.

By Ben Rogerson

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