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Photographer Sues Kendrick Lamar Over ’The Blacker the Berry’ Artwork

Photographer Sues Kendrick Lamar Over ’The Blacker the Berry’ Artwork

Giordano Cipriana says K Dot used his photo without permission.

Published July 13, 2015

Kendrick Lamar is being sued by a freelance photographer who claims the Compton MC unlawfully used one of his images for the single “The Blacker the Berry,” reports Bossip.

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Giordano Cipriana filed a federal lawsuit against Lamar, Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Records, and Interscope Records, July 10. 

The visual in question is of a woman breastfeeding two babies. Cipriana reportedly shot the photo in Africa four years ago, and maintains that Lamar never got permission to use his work. 

He is seeking $150,000 for each time that the reportedly unlicensed photo was used, plus money for legal fees.

At press time, Lamar’s label did not respond to BET.com's request for comment. 

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(Photo: Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Written by Latifah Muhammad

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