Wu Tang Clan Members Accused of Illegal Sampling

A report has surfaced that names Wu Tung Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and RZA as defendants in a suit accusing them of illegal sampling. The accuser is Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records.

The track in question is “New Wu” from ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II, a Raekwon solo album released in 2009. It is accused of a 12-second or four measure cut “I’ve Changed” by the Magictones. The Raekwon track also features a verse by Ghostface and Method Man, while RZA produced it. This is why other Wu Tang members GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, …

Diplo teams up with Legitmix for ‘Mad Legit’

Sampling legend and mixmaster Diplo has unleashed a brand new project that looks to transform the world of sampling as we know it. He has teamed up with the company Legitmix, that allows musicians to legally sample music from other artists, sell it, without dealing with the hectic sample-clearing process. In an effort to spread to word of Legitmix, Diplo has teamed up with the company to release his own 40-minute mash of all sampled tracks from the program. This particular DJ mix sells for $3 (plus the cost of the 14 copyrighted tracks that the mix uses) …

Lil Wayne & Birdman sued (again)

Next time you’re listening to a Lil Wayne or Birdman song and think, “Wow, this beat is great,” maybe it would be a grand idea to put a dollar in an envelope and mail it to the producer because it seems that’s the only way anyone working with Young Money gets paid anymore.

For the third time in seven days, the team of Lil Wayne & Birdman have been hit with a lawsuit claiming they never paid for beats and/or samples used on their albums. This time around, the suing parties claim the duo didn’t receive proper clearance before …

DJ Shadow premieres “I Gotta Rokk”

DJ Shadow has partnered with Some Kind Of Awesome to debut his new song, “I Gotta Rokk.” Click here to stream the track. “I Gotta Rokk” will be released this fall on Shadow’s next EP.

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Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” could go to court

Don’t be confused by the headline. No, there hasn’t been a time warped to the early millennium, this is simply a story no one could have anticipated. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay-Z may soon find himself in court over claims he illegally sampled another track for his smash hit “Big Pimpin.” You can read an excerpt from the story below:

Jay-Z is being sued by the family of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, who wrote the song “Khosara, Khosara” for a 1957 Egyptian film named Fata Ahlami.

Hamdi’s children are suing EMI, MTV, Paramount Pictures, UMG and Warner Music over