Kanye West, Crime Boss?
Your boy Kanye West is mixed up in a landmark case surrounding the way the music we love is made. According to AllHipHop.com Mr. West (along with a slew of other producers, labels and executives) is the subject of a civil complaint issued in the Central District of California. The complaint makes major claims of copyright infringement, contributory infringement, and (craziest of all) RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) charges. Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, descendants of late musician David Pryor, are suing for the unlawful use of their dad’s 1974 stomper “Bumpin’ Bus Stop”. The lawsuit is also said to include Roc-a-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Stones Throw Records, Bomb Hip-Hop Records, Autumn Games, Activision, Caroline Distribution and The Island Def Jam Music Group–so you’re talking’ major, indie, video games, distributors–pretty much every major knock of the modern-day music industry pie. This must be extra annoying for Mr. West, especially coming off of your man Ray J’s venomous monkey bars on “I Hit That First.” We know that Ye said that “Jesus Walks”, but right about now he might need the holy one to Moon Walk…
Our original post mentioned that Kanye West and the accompanying parties/entities were being “indicted” for RICO/copyright infringement charges, when in fact, the case is still in the civil complaint stage. The likelihood of it evolving into an actual indictment will be up to the courts during the upcoming hearing.