Jay-Z and Kanye West have settled a federal lawsuit by soul singer Syl Johnson, who claimed that the duo used an unauthorized sample of his song “Different Strokes” on “The Joy,” a track on the deluxe version of their album Watch the Throne.
According to Johnson, West had attempted to clear the sample for his 2010 record My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but could not get the deal ready in time for its release and ended up putting the track on Throne without his permission, proper credit or payment. The details of West and Jay-Z’s settlement with Johnson have not been made public, though legal papers filed in Illinois last week indicate that the suit has been dismissed.
Johnson has pursued previous legal action against rappers. His $29 million lawsuit against Cypress Hill was dismissed in 2008 on the technicality that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 are not subject to copyright protection under the Copyright Act. The singer later sued his legal team for malpractice after the ruling was upheld by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
In other Jay-Z and Kanye West news, the 2004 Maybach 57 used in the video for their hit “Otis” sold for $60,000 at an auction at the New York Contemporary Art Evening, with a large chunk of the proceeds going to the Save the Children charity. The dismembered vehicle sold significantly below the estimated $100,000-$150,000 expected by the house, but in fairness, it is not a working automobile.
You can watch the rappers and the car in question in the video below, which was directed by music video auteur Spike Jonze.