Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Ty Dolla Sign are being sued over their Kids See Ghosts collaboration “Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2),” the Blast and TMZ report. According to court documents obtained by the Blast, actor and performer Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple is suing them, Def Jam, and Universal Music because he claims they “exploited the actual voice, words and performance” of his 2002 recording titled “The Spirit of Marcus Garvey (Garvey speaks to an all-Black audience)” without authorization or monetary compensation.
The suit alleges that “Bobb-Semple’s voice and authorship is heard in the introductory words” of “Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2).” Bobb-Semple is reportedly seeking unspecified damages and an injunction against West, Cudi, Ty Dolla Sign and the record labels to stop them from continuing to profit off his work. Pitchfork has reached out to representatives of Kanye, Cudi, and Ty Dolla Sign for comment or further information.
According to TMZ, “The Spirit of Marcus Garvey (Garvey speaks to an all-Black audience)” is a presentation by Bobb-Semple in tribute to Marcus Garvey, a pioneering black rights activist of the early 20th century.
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