A former child star has filed a lawsuit against the rapper
Ricky Spicer, 56, Ohio, was a member of the ’60s group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One in his childhood and says he recorded the lyrics sampled on West’s song aged 12 after being discovered at a talent show in 1969. He is also suing West’s labels, Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group.
“Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice […] is heard several times,” said the suit, which was filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday (December 23). It also demands West provide compensation to Spicer or cease and desist from using his voice on the track.
Spicer’s attorney Vincent Imbesi described the former star as The Ponderosa Twins Plus One’s “Michael Jackson”. West and Universal Music Group are yet to comment on the story.