Syl Johnson

Cypress Hill Wins Round in Syl Johnson Sampling Case
While Syl Johnson may be one of soul music's most revered voices, the legendary singer has lost yet another round in his lengthy copyright battle with rap group Cypress Hill. Johnson first sued Cypress Hill for copyright infringement back in 2003, accusing the West Coast rappers of illegally sampling his 1969 classic 'Is It Because I'm Black' on the group's song 'Lock Down,' an interlude on their
Cypress Hill Sued for $29M Over ‘Black Sunday’ Sample
Legendary soul singer Syl Johnson is suing Cypress Hill for their usage of his 1969 classic 'Is It Because I'm Black.' The song in question, 'Lock Down' from Cypress Hill's 1993 sophomore release 'Black Sunday,' is an interlude that clocks in at 1:14 and will cost the rap group and associated record and publishing companies a total of $29 million should Johnson win the case...