Now that Syl Johnson has officially filed a lawsuit due to Jay-Z and Kanye West's illegal sampling of his song "Different Strokes," his daughter, Syleena has had to address criticisms over the court action.
“It’d be cool if everybody would stop saying 'your dad is suing Kanye,’ because I don’t really feel like that’s the case,” she says on Sway In The Morning.
The R&B singer, who recorded the hit "All Falls Down" with Kanye West, says that although her father is pursuing the lawsuit, he is not targeting the two rappers.
“It’s not necessarily that Kanye did the record,” she explains. “It’s to my understanding that Pete Rock did the beat, but of course it looks cooler to see ‘Oh, Syl Johnson is suing Kanye and Jay-Z.’ Jay-Z probably doesn’t even know anything about the beat!”
“I know there’s a piece of my father’s song 'Different Strokes' in it, but I think that his issue is not necessarily with them [Kanye and Jay-Z], it’s with the label, because it’s their responsibility to get the clearance for the song,” she continued. “When I talk to my dad, he’s not like 'I’m gonna get Kanye or I’m gonna get Jay-Z.' Real talk, if somebody samples Kanye or Jay-Z, or whoever else, I’m sure they would go after the person for their money too.”
In the lawsuit, Syl Johnson claims that his 1976 hit was sampled in Jay-Z and West's Watch the Throne track "The Joy" without the proper permission.