Rap star Raekwon The Chef and members of Wu-Tang Clan have been hit with a lawsuit by a publishing company, who claims the rappers illegally used portions of a sample on the track “New Wu.”
Bridgeport Music/Westbound Records filed a lawsuit against Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and RZA on September 7, in United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
The lawsuit claims that RZA illegally sampled portions of the 1971 song “I’ve Changed,” by The Magictones.
Bridgeport claims that “New Wu” uses four measures, or 12 seconds of a portion of “I’ve Changed.”
“These four measures have been sped up approximately 8.9%, making them last approximately 10 seconds and raising their key by one step from E minor to F# minor,” the lawsuit reads.
The single with the illegal sample appeared on Raekwon’s album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II.
Bridgeport Music/West Bound Records are suing for copyright infringement, unfair competition, and lawyer fees.
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