April 09, 2013 01:00 PM by Donna W. Martin
According to MTV, West is being sued by Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, daughter and son of the late David Pryor, who was a member of the group Thunder & Lightning. Steward and Pryor say their dad’s group released a song entitled, “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” in 1974 and in that song, their dad says ‘get down’ three times over a 13-second time frame.
So what’s this got to do with West? According to Pryor’s children, West lifted the 13-second bit of their dad’s song to come up with the lyrics ‘get down girl, go ‘head, get down’ contained in his 2005 #1 hit, “Gold Digger.”
Steward and Pryor each own one-quarter of the song, “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” and are suing West for illegal copyright infringement. In the lawsuit, they ask the judge to stop the sale of West’s “Gold Digger” and to award them millions of dollars in damages.
And West isn’t the only one Steward and Pryor are going after in their lawsuit. They are suing various record labels as well claiming that there has been a 15-year massive scale copyright infringement where those named in the case have “systematically and willfully refused to clear samples of the Plaintiff’s original, copyrighted work in order to gain a commercial profit and to avoid paying and crediting the author.”
Is this a joke? How does saying ‘get down’ three times equal ‘get down girl, go ‘head, get down?’
Tell us what you think. Did West steal lyrics from Pryor’s “Bumpin’ Bus Stop?” And is he being sued over lyrics in his song, “Gold Digger” or is he being sued by a couple of gold diggers? You be the judge. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you think.
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