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Kendrick Lamar Is Facing A Lawsuit Over A Bill Withers Sample

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Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar may be flying high off of the success of untitled unmastered, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be blindsided by a lawsuit. TMZ reports that Kendrick is being sued by Mattie Music Group, who claim to own the rights to the 1975 Bill Withers song “Don’t You Want To Stay,” for its use in “I Do This” from Lamar’s 2009 self-titled EP.

Mattie claims that the song “consists of nothing more than new rap and hip hop lyrics set to the existing music of ‘Don’t You Want to Stay,'” and wants damages and for Lamar to stop using the song. We doubt he’s been using the song lately, but this isn’t even the first sampling lawsuit he’s faced down. Photographer Giordano Cipriani sued him for using his photo as the cover of the “The Blacker The Berry” single, while jazz musicians Willie jones III and Eric Reed took him to court over a sample of their song “The Thorn” in Kendrick’s “Rigamortis” from Section.80. 

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