November 25, 2010 14:55

Wyclef Jean accused of stealing '90s rap track

Rapper faces $2million (£1.5million) lawsuit

Wyclef Jean accused of stealing '90s rap track

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Wyclef Jean is facing a $2million (£1.5million) lawsuit for allegedly ripping off '90s rap group Blahzay Blahzay.

The band claim that the rapper approached them for permission to sample their 1996 song 'Danger' on his 2007 album 'The Carnival'.

They allege that they told him he could use the song on the track 'Welcome To The East' if he allowed them to appear on his LP. According to court papers submitted, Jean allegedly never agreed to the terms but used the sample anyway.

He later sent them a cheque which the rappers claim they "promptly rejected and returned", reports TMZ.com.

Blahzay Blahzay originally filed the suit last year but it is thought they dropped the case when Jean expressed an interest in negotiating a settlement. They decided to resubmit the lawsuit after talks fell apart.

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