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Kanye West Settles ‘Bound 2’ Lawsuit With Soul Singer

Ricky Spicer claimed rapper sampled his voice without permission on ‘Yeezus’ hit

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Kanye West has settled a lawsuit with soul singer Ricky Spicer over a sample on "Bound 2."

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Kanye West has settled a lawsuit with former child soul star Ricky Spicer over the sample that anchors Yeezus hit, “Bound 2,” Billboard reports.

Spicer initially sued West, Roc-A-Fella Records, Universal Music Group and Island Def Jam Music Group in December 2013, claiming unauthorized use of his voice. Paperwork, dated March 6th, was filed to a New York Court on May 11th discontinuing the suit.

A representative for West declined to comment on the settlement. An attorney for Spicer did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The sample in question was the song’s repeated refrain, “Bound, bound / Bound to fall in love.” Spicer recorded those vocals in 1971 when he was 12 for “Bound,” a song by his former group the Ponderosa Twins Plus One.

The initial suit claimed, “Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice… is heard several times.” Spicer demanded compensation in light of the song’s success, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100; the song’s popularity was also bolstered by a video featuring West and a topless Kim Kardashian — as well as James Franco and Seth Rogen’s endearing shot-for-shot remake.

Amidst launching his Adidas fashion line, West continues to prep his follow-up to Yeezus. The LP was initially titled So Help Me God, but recently changed to Swish (West noted on Twitter it was possible the name would change again). The album’s only confirmed track is the single “All Day,” though West recently dropped “Wolves,” as well as two collaborations with Paul McCartney, “Only One” and Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds.”

As of February, West had said that Swish was “80 percent done,” though a release date has yet to be announced.

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