Kendrick Lamar had previously been sued for the music video to “All The Stars,” the SZA-featuring track that was also from the Black Panther soundtrack.
In a report from Pitchfork, Yeasayer has filed a lawsuit saying that “Pray For Me” infringes on their song “Sunrise,” which the group released on their 2007 album All Hour Cymbals. Yeasayers goes on to claim that “Pray For Me” features a “distinctive choral performance” from “Sunrise” and “male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato.” The band is seeking profits from “Pray For Me” and damages. The group has also demanded a jury trial in regards to the lawsuit.
In 2018, Lamar and SZA reached a settlement for a copyright infringement lawsuit involving their “All The Stars” music video, which was another track that appeared on the Black Panther soundtrack.
Artist Lina Iris Viktor alleged that the TDE duo’s video appropriated aspects of her Constellations painting series. According to The New York Times, Viktor declined the use of her work in Black Panther after being approached by Marvel in 2016 and 2017, though images resembling her series ended up in the collaborative single’s video anyway.