It seems like music lawsuits are flying around a lot these days, so much that even those not typically sued are receiving court documents.
That’s what happened to Kendrick Lamar recently. According to TMZ, The TDE rapper is facing a lawsuit from Mattie Music Group, a company that owns the rights to the 1975 Bill Withers song "Don't You Want to Stay," which they claim is the instrumental basis for K Dot’s "I Do This" from his self-titled 2009 EP.
The original song the Compton native released featured Jay Rock and a remix of it was included on his Overly Dedicated mixtape from 2010. Soundwave is named as the producer on the remix.
If you listen to both songs you can hear the similarities. Mattie Music Group is claiming that Lamar’s “I Do This” is "nothing more than new rap and hip-hop lyrics set to the existing music of 'Don't You Want to Stay.'" If the suit actually reaches court, a judge and jury are going to have to find them to be as similar is Mattie is claiming.
Recently Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” was the target of a lawsuit claiming unauthorized plagiarism. Last year Pharrell and Robin Thicke had to pay a pretty penny for their song “Blurred Lines,” which was found to be so similar that the two had to pay Marvin Gaye’s estate $7.3 million.
Listen to the two songs below and judge for yourself.
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