Is Syl Johnson Rich Off of Rap Samples? He Says So
Original Song: "Different Strokes"
Where You Probably Heard It: "The Joy"
Guesstimate of How Much Jay-Z and Kanye West Will Pay: Megabucks?
Presently crawling through the litigation process, Johnson's latest claim is that Kanye West (and co-producer Pete Rock) utilized parts of "Different Stokes" without permission. Johnson's case is bolstered by the allegation that West had previously tried to use the sample on his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. As Watch The Throne has grossed just shy of a gajillion bucks, if Johnson succeeds in court we suspect he'll soon be bragging about his other other lake-shore abode.