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Kanye West Sued Over “Gold Digger” Lyrics

April 09, 2013 01:00 PM by Donna W. Martin

Rapper and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, Kanye West is being sued for illegal use of sample lyrics contained in his 2005 #1 hit, “Gold Digger.” What’s up with that? Take the jump to find out!

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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20 Responses to “Kanye West Sued Over “Gold Digger” Lyrics”

  1. Stephanie Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Family is looking for money!

  2. Jordan Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I think he is being sued by a bunch of “Gold Diggers”. That’s like a writer using the word “the” in their song and being sued for it. People these days are ridiculous. They are too lazy to make their own money that they want it to be handed to them from someone who has actually worked hard to make it.

  3. Sdell Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Now who’s being a “Gold Digger”!

  4. Daniel Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Kanye is a joke. It wouldn’t be surprising if its discovered he’s never had an original idea in his life.

  5. Haley Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Hahaha, looks like someone’s family is running out of money….

  6. MEENA Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:50 pm


  7. Bijan Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    8 years ago: “Oh what a good song”
    Today with financial instability: “I know how we can get some cash”

  8. lazy guy Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    hai howe r u

  9. cynthia carruthers Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    gold digger been out and kanye west has done a excellant job with the song people tend to be so petty kenya do what you do best and keep going

  10. Linda Gibson Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I think these two are the Gold Diggers…Not West

  11. Heaven Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I think the courts are making it to easy for people to take others to court, when some cases are just unreal. I think they track to the song itself not the words should be given permission to copy. Cause anyone can make up a song with new words, but most old beats are mixed with new words. I think they are just “Gold Diggers” and are looking for their next payday. The are trying to piggy back off their father’s work as well.

  12. karen Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I thin he is been sues by some Gold diggers that ran out of money and the only way they can get some is by coming up with this mess

  13. Miranda Wagner Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    R u serious??!! You know they were jamming Gold Digger when it came out! Why r they just now trying to sue? Shouldn’t there be a statue of limitations or something for this sort of thing?!

  14. nate Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    only white people would do this

  15. Marie Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    this is really really stupid. they just want money. seriously, anyone could think of that lyric. just because it has some keywords, does not mean he copied it. in essays i write things that i have found in others’ essays. it does not mean they copied or plagiarized me

  16. hnynuts Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    They are a couple of gold diggers!!!

  17. Jojo Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    it would be easier to sound off on this if you included the sampling of both songs

  18. Jen Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I do not think Kanye West stole the lyrics from “Bumpin’ bus stop.” But it is up to the judge to further decide on the case and if is worthy of going to trial…

  19. Smartguy Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    You guys are such judgmental humans if you go to lacivilcourt.com and read the complaint you will see that they are not just sueing kanye but 86 hip hop artist on universal music group for sampling their father kanye is just one of the plaintiff he and his DJ a trax his partner no I’d produced Bennie Searle and used their fathers voice on the record and no I’d used their fathers whole intro on his song the real weight so before you judgmental human cast the first stone do your research

  20. EP Says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Actually I read the lawsuit…the lawsuit is not over the lyrics but rather that Kanye used an audio snippet of Pryor actually saying “Get Down” three times… If you are going to use an audio sample you need to get permission, simple as that.


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