Chance The Rapper Hit With Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Chance the Rapper hasn’t put out a new solo mixtape since 2016’s Coloring Book, but the Chicago rapper’s debut project, 10 Day, is now coming back to hurt him.
According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Chance is being sued for copyright infringement by a jazz musician who claims the “No Problem” artist sampled a “significant portion” of his music on the song “Windows” without permission.
The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday in Chicago, accuses Chance of “blatant and willful infringement” of the song “Bridge Through Time.” The musician, Abdul Wali Muhammad, has asked a federal judge to order the rapper to stop “copying, distributing, performing, selling or offering to sell” the song.
Released in 2012, like the rest of Chance’s mixtape releases, 10 Day has never been made available for sale and was distributed by the rapper. While the rapper has performed some of the songs from the mixtape live, 10 Day has always remained free.
In related Chance news, the Grammy-winning artist recently announced he would donate $2.2 million to 20 Chicago Public Schools via his non-profit organization.
“As a parent and proud product of CPS, I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts,” said Chance via a press release. “Over the past month, I’ve crisscrossed the city, from Chatham to Chinatown, Humboldt Park to Hyde Park, visiting students and one thing is clear: if we invest in Chicago’s children, we’ll change the world.”
The schools will receive $100,000 over the next three years, with most of the money going toward music programs, digital arts, and dance and theater classes.
“We wanted to share these funds with as many schools as possible, while also ensuring that each school would receive enough to have a real impact and make a real difference,” said Chance.
Neither Chance the Rapper or his team have responded to the latest lawsuit.
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