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Jay-Z, Kanye Lawsuit: ‘Watch the Throne’ Duo Settles Copyright Case


Kanye West and Jay-Z have settled a federal lawsuit brought against them last year by Syl Johnson, a singer and producer who had accused the rappers of lifting one of his songs, TMZ reports.

Johnson took on the ‘Watch the Throne’ duo last October, claiming they hadn’t cleared the portions of his 1967 R&B hit ‘Different Strokes’ sampled in their song ‘The Joy.’

According to Johnson, who has filed similar suits against Michael Jackson and Cypress Hill, Yeezy initially sought to sample the track on his album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.’ After he failed to secure the rights in time, Johnson says, the Chicago MC repurposed the sample for his Jay-Z team-up record.

After both sides agreed to a settlement, the suit was officially dropped. Details regarding dollar amounts have not been made public.

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