Kanye West settles ‘Bound 2’ sample lawsuit

Former Ponderosa Twins Plus One child star Ricky Spicer was suing the rapper for unauthorised use of his vocals

Kanye West has settled a lawsuit over his song ‘Bound 2’.

The legal wrangle dates back to 2013, when a former child star filed a lawsuit against West, claiming he did not have permission to use a sample featured on the ‘Yeezus’ single.

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Ricky Spicer, 56, Ohio, was a member of the ’60s group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One in his childhood and recorded the lyrics sampled on West’s song aged 12 after being discovered at a talent show in 1969. He filed suits against West’s labels, Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

The lawsuit read: “Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice… is heard several times”. Spicer’s attorney Vincent Imbesi continued to describe the former star as The Ponderosa Twins Plus One’s “Michael Jackson”.

Now, paperwork was filed to a New York court on May 11 discontinuing Spicer’s suit. It’s not known how much money was involving in the settlement. Listen to both tracks below.

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Meanwhile Paul McCartney recently discussed his collaborations with Kanye West, describing himself as feeling “lucky” and “flattered” to be working with the hip-hop star. McCartney told The Evening Standard: “It’s good to connect with different artists. The secret is I keep myself very open to suggestions – I still feel like I’m about 30…. I’m lucky that someone like Kanye would go, ‘Yes I would like to work with Paul McCartney’. I was quite flattered.”

McCartney previously compared collaborating with West to working with John Lennon. He told The Sun, “When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar… We’d ping-pong till we had a song. [Working with West] was like that.”