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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Have Decided To Sue Everyone Suddenly

Blues singer (and father of R&B singer Syleena Johnson) Syl Johnson reportedly in January of this year was suing Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Tupac Shakur and KRS-One – claiming they stole his 1967 single "Different Strokes" without attributing him or paying for the sample.

Well, now he is suing someone else - rap group Cypress Hill. He claims the group sampled his 1969 record "Is It Because I'm Black?" on a track from their 1993 album "Black Sunday" titled "Lock Down (Interlude)." Along with the also recent honorees of VH1's Hip Hop Honors, he is suing a number of record and publishing companies for the brief soundbyte as well.

Why all of a sudden?

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