Rapper Kayne West and R&B singer Solange Knowles are being sued for copyright infringement, according to TMZ, over their use of sample written by Prince Phillip Mitchell in 1970. He claims that both Solange’s song “F*** the Industry” and West’s song “Everything I Am” both sample his song, “If We Can’t Be Lovers,” without his permission.
Kanye West worked with DJ Premier on the track “Everything I Am” from his 2007 album, Graduation, which officially credits both West and Mitchell, in addition to George Clinton Jr., Chuck D, Hank Shocklee, and Eric Sadler, who also sampled in the track.
Solange then samples Kanye’s with her song “F*** the Industry” which reportedly leaked in 2008, and was supposed to appear on a mixtape I Can’t Get Clearance. It was officially released in 2010, after she was dropped from Geffen Records, and was later added as a bonus track on the reissue of her second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.
The lawsuit seeks damages and requests both Kanye and Solange stops performing the songs in concert or on the radio. According to TMZ, the lawsuit also alleges that both artists “willfully” committed infringement and is asking for punitive damages.