Rap superstar Kanye West will be heading back to court again, with Yeezy being sued by former child star Ricky Spicer, who claims he never gave permission for K.Wizzle to sample his voice in his hit Bound 2, from his latest record, Yeezus.
Spicer, who recorded Bound with his group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, was just 12 when the track came out in 1971. The now 56-year-old is now giving a bit of “uh-uh, honey” to West, Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group, saying he never gave permission for the sample.
The lawsuit states “Mr Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice … is heard several times.” Spicer, who fronted the soul group until its demise in 1975, was “stunned” to hear his own vocals in the track, having no knowledge it had been used until he heard the song on the radio.
Of course, the most memorable thing about Kanye’s take on Bound is the tremendously awful film clip, which features a topless Kim Kardashian straddled upon Yeezy straddled upon a motorbike, complete with some simulated sex, plenty of green screen and an unforgettable tye-dyed t-shirt.
Listen: Ponderosa Twins Plus One – Bound
Watch: Kanye West – Bound 2