Kanye West Settles Out of Court in $2.5 Million Lawsuit for ‘New Slaves’
As the New York Daily News' Page Six reports, Gabor Presser said Ye sampled 85 seconds of his 1969 song "Gyöngyhajú Lány (The Girl with Pearly Hair)" for the cut "New Slaves," and he wanted $2.5 million for it.
According to legal experts, the fact that Kanye settled just two days before he was supposed to testify under oath, suggests that he didn't want to speak in court and wanted to get things over with.
As it turned out, "New Slaves" was a huge hit for the Chicago native, selling more than 500,000 units and it helped to drive ticket sales for the Yeesuz tour to $35 million.
In addition, Presser said that West's lawyer contacted him just two days before the rapper started using the sample for promotion. Then afterwards, Presser received a $10,000 advance and was asked to let Ye use the original composition, even though it wasn't properly cleared.
In the end, the composer never took the money and never agreed to the terms. Kanye also tried to have the case dismissed in December of 2016.