Kanye West would be sued by an American pastor over a piece of sampled audio used in a track on his album donda.
The rapper is apparently being taken to court by Bishop David Paul Moten, who alleges that parts of a religious sermon he gave were used on the track come to life without his permission.
Texas court documents obtained by US media TMZ claim that portions of the sermon were used for a total of 70 seconds in the song, and can be heard in the intro and then looped throughout.
West – who legally changed his name to Ye last year – “willfully and blatantly” sampled other people’s audio recordings “without consent or permission”, according to the documents.
TMZ says the pastor is also suing UMG Recordings, Def Jamf Recordings and GOOD Music over the song.
The Independent contacted West’s rep for comment.
donda, his 10th studio album, was released last year. A suite, Wave 2, came out in February.
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