Kanye West, Jay Z and Frank Ocean win court battle over ‘Watch The Throne’ track ‘Made In America’

Court action was first filed in 2014

Kanye West, Jay Z and Frank Ocean have won a court battle over their ‘Watch The Throne’ track ‘Made In America’.

In 2014, New York musician Joel McDonald filed a copyright lawsuit claiming the 2011 song stole its concept from his 2009 song of the same title.

In September 2015, a district court dismissed the lawsuit, finding that it failed to state a plausible claim. Now a federal appeals court has upheld the lower court’s dismissal of McDonald’s case.


“We have considered all of McDonald’s arguments and find them to be without merit,” the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Kanye West – Made in America from Artis Teibe on Vimeo.

Other named defendants in the lawsuit included producers Mike Dean and Shama Joseph, along with Universal Music Group, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Music, and Roc Nation, reports Pitchfork
Ocean was recently spotted at West’s Chicago concert over the weekend. The pair are closely associated having collaborated with one another on several occasions. Ocean appears on the ‘Watch The Throne’ track ‘No Church In The Wild’ as well as ‘Frank’s Track’ from West’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’ album.

Meanwhile, the rapper contributed to Ocean’s recent Boys Don’t Cry magazine by writing a poem about McDonald’s. Check out a portion of the poem’s verses below:


I knew the Diet Coke was jealous of the fries
I knew the McNuggets was jealous of the fries
Even the McRib was jealous of the fries
I could see it through his artificial meat eyes
And he only be there some of the time
Everybody was jealous of them French fries
Except for that one special guy
That smooth apple pie

West is currently midway through his Saint Pablo Tour, which wraps on November 1 with a show in Inglewood. By the end of the tour, the rapper will have played 30 dates, all in North America.


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