As reported by The Blast, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Ty Dolla $ign are being sued over their track “Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)” from the Kids See Ghosts album. Now, they have responded, calling for the lawsuit to be thrown out.
Back in March, actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple sued the trio, as well as Def Jam and Universal Music, for sampling his recording “The Spirit of Marcus Garvey (Garvey speaks to an all-Black audience).” The song opens with a recording of a speech by long-deceased activist Marcus Garvey, but Bobb-Semple claims the rappers used his version and “exploited the actual voice, words and performance of Bobb-Semple, without authorization.”
West’s lawyers have now responded, admitting that the rappers did not ask permission, but that it was unnecessary as they believe the work falls under fair use. They state the actions were “innocent” and ask for the case to be thrown out.
Listen to “Freee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)” below.
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