Kendrick Lamar sued for using ‘direct and complete copy’ of Bill Withers song
Kendrick Lamar has allegedly stolen a Bill Withers song. TMZ reports that Mattie Music Group, a music company which says they own the rights to Withers’ “Don’t You Want to Stay”, has filed a lawsuit against the rapper, claiming he sampled the veteran singer’s 1975 song without their permission on “I Do This” off his 2009 eponymous EP.
Lamar’s label Top Dawg Entertainment and its owner Warner Bros. Music are named as defendants in the suit. Plaintiffs are now seeking a temporary and final injunction on “I Do This” plus an unspecified amount of damages.
This isn’t Lamar’s first time to have been sued over anything related to his music. Prior to this, he was accused by a freelance photographer of stealing a photo that was eventually used as a cover art of “The Blacker the Berry”, a single off his 2015 Grammy-winning album “To Pimp a Butterfly”.
Listen to the Bill Withers’ song Lamar is accused of illegally sampling: