TMZ reports that Kanye West goofed when he sought permission to sample a child praying for his song “Ultralight Beam” from the wrong parent. But consider this – after getting pissy over a dome not being built, psychosexual feudin’ with Drake, spiritual tree-talkin’, and defending an abuser of a pregnant woman, this is small potatoes. This is inadvertent bad fact checkin’ on the part of one of his underlings. This shit is a negative but also refreshingly normal for this wackjob. Kudos, Kanye, for keeping it the opposite of extra for once.
Kanye samples a little girl named Natalie praying at age 4. Here’s the vid he took the sample from:
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If only all of Jesus’ followers were that sweet. Natalie’s adopted parents, Andrew and Shirley Green, weren’t asked for permission to feature Natalie at the beginning of the track off Yahndi’s 2016 album The Life of Pablo. Instead, Kanye’s camp approached Natalie’s biological mom Alice Johnson.
However, in docs obtained by TMZ, the Greens say they adopted Natalie in December 2012 — but Kanye’s team reached out to Natalie’s biological mom, Alice Johnson, to get permission to use Natalie’s voice. The Greens say Alice has no legal right to give Kanye the green light.
The Greens, who appear to be in contact with Natalie’s biological mom still, are suing to get a cut of the profits from “Ultralight Beam” as well as “other damages.” They also claim that Kanye’s people were supposed to send “a written license agreement and payment” to Alice but never did.
Kanye’s kamp, the Kardashian koven, or Kanye and Kim’s unborn fourth khild haven’t officially commented on the lawsuit as of yet. He’s getting off lucky, though. Speaking of Yeezus songs to sue over, how anyone who had to listen to his ode to being a scat freak (“Life Yourself”) from last year and hasn’t filed a lawsuit of their own for having their well-being threatened and their I.Q. lowered is incomprehensble. THAT’S the song people should be suing his irritating ass over.