Kanye West and Jay-Z settle copyright lawsuit over ‘Watch The Throne’ sample

Rappers have reached an agreement with soul singer Syl Johnson over 'The Joy' sample

Jay-Z and Kanye West have settled a lawsuit over an uncleared sample on their collaborative album ‘Watch The Throne’.

The rappers had used a sample of soul singer Syl Johnson’s ‘Different Strokes’ on their track ‘The Joy’, but according to Johnson’s publishers, did so without his permission or any money changing hands, forcing them to file a lawsuit.

However, according to US gossip website TMZ, legal documents released in Illinois last week revealed that the lawsuit would not come to court as a settlement had been reached.


Johnson, who has been frequently sampled during his career, is no stranger to pursuing legal action, having previously sued Michael Jackson, Cypress Hill and Jefferson Airplane.

Jay-Z and Kanye West will tour the UK in support of their joint album ‘Watch The Throne’ this summer. The tour includes five shows at London’s O2 Arena, which take place every night from May 18 to May 22, two shows at Manchester’s Evening News Arena on June 11 and 12, two shows at Birmingham’s LG Arena on June 13 and 22 and finally a date at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on June 21.

Kanye West/Jay-Z will play:

London O2 Arena (May 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)
Manchester Evening News Arena (June 11, 12)
Birmingham’s LG Arena (13, 22)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (21)

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