R&B Singer Sues Kanye West, Solange For Illegally Sampling 1970s Track
Leroy Phillip Mitchell, also known as R&B singer-songwriter Prince Phillip Mitchell, has sued Kanye West and Solange for copyright-infringement.
According to a report from TMZ, Mitchell claims that West and Solange never actually asked for permission to use his song “If We Can’t Be Lovers” for their songs “Everything I Am” and “Fuck the Industry,” respectively. Although Mitchell is credited as a co-writer on both tracks, he alleges that both West and Solange willfully committed the infringement, and is seeking punitive damages. He also wants them to stop performing the tracks and pull them from the radio which, considering they’re not among the most popular songs of each artist’s catalog, probably aren’t played often, if at all.
Recently, a picture of West, Yasiin Bey, and Dave Chappelle taken by Talib Kweli popped up on social media, leading to speculation that the group (but specifically West, Bey, and Kweli) were working on something together.
The photo shows the group writing notes down at a table. However, it’s difficult to see what they’re writing down anyways.
Some people speculated that it’s another Black Star album (the collaborative rap duo of Kweli and Bey), while others jokingly commented that Kweli, Bey, and Chappelle are trying to pull West out of The Sunken Place.