Wu-Tang Clan Sued For ‘Illegal Samples’

Wu-Tang Clan have been hit with a Sample Suit with two record companies claiming the group’s song New Wu has illegal samples in it.

AllHipHop and Pitchfork report that Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records filed a lawsuit on September 7, claiming New Wu illegally samples four measures (aka 12 seconds) of the Magictones’ 1971 song I’ve Changed.

New Wu appeared on Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon’s album Only Built for Cuban Linx… Pt. II, which was released in 2009.  The song was a family affair – with RZA producing the track, and Method Man and Ghostface also appearing on the track.

“These four measures have been sped up approximately 8.9%, making them last approximately 10 seconds and raising their key by one step from E minor to F# minor,” the lawsuit reads.

Bridgeport Music/West Bound Records are suing for copyright infringement, unfair competition, and lawyer fees.

To check out copies of the court documents, click here.

Last month, it was revealed that Wu-Tang Clan will feature heavily on the soundtrack for RZA’s feature film debut, The Man with the Iron Fists.  You can check out the tracklisting for the soundtrack and more information on the film here.

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