Kanye West Accused of Stealing 'Bound 2' Lyrics From a 12-Year-Old (VIDEO)

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We all know Kanye West is a genius and a god. Because he tells us so. But even geniuses and gods need a little help once in awhile. Or maybe a lot of help. Which is cool if, like, you admit that you need help. The first step is admitting it, people. But Kanye's genius on "Bound 2," according to a lawsuit, is alleged to be someone else's genius. So the god is getting sued.

A former child singer named Ricky Spicer says he was stunned when he heard "Bound 2" and realized -- he was the star of it! The main part of the song, the high-pitched wailing of Boooooound to faaaaalllllll in looooove he says is, well HIM. And he alleges that nobody done give him no credit or money or nothing! So he called up some lawyers. SMH.

Spicer, who was once a little Michael Jackson clone, but didn't go on to have Jackson's career, was 12 years old when he recorded the "Bound 2" lyrics for his group The Ponderosa Twins plus One. (Perhaps that unwieldly name is  the reason they never became another The Jackson 5.)

Spicer is now 56 years old and lives in Ohio. The suit, filed against Kanye as well as Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group, says:

Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice … is heard several times.

Um, well, yes ... Safe to say it sounds like there would be no "Bound 2" without Spicer. I'm not sure what the god did here exactly except take other songs and rap over them. The "Uh-huh hunny" part comes from Brenda Lee's "Sweet Nothings." Wonder if she got paid?

Yeah, yeah, I get it. That's rap! Kanye has always sampled. He came to fame sampling Ray Charles (sung by Jamie Foxx) on "Gold Digger." But it's called sampling when it's cleared and paid for. Otherwise, it's called stealing.

These things get a little complex ... does Spicer still own his voice as it was recorded then? His lawyers must think he has a case or they probably wouldn't have filed.

It's all well and good to sample music -- it can bring a lot of attention to artists gone by who could use it -- but you gotta let that be known! Can't just go around taking stuff and hoping no one notices you didn't come up with it.

Of course, Kanye is hardly the first musician to do this. There's a very long history of it. Robin Thicke has also been accused of stealing a song from Marvin Gaye.

But this wasn't just inspiration -- he apparently took the damn track and used it as the hook in his song. According to legal site Nolo, sample clearance was totally needed. Why the HELL would those big companies try to get away with not paying?? Did they??


Here's Spicer's song, "Bound":


And Kanye's, "Bound 2":

No brainer, right?


Image via KanyeWestVEVO/YouTube/se hyun chung/YouTube

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nonmember avatar karma

Hahaha poor Kanye doing something wrong Gah really let's steal from a former child singer and hope they don't catch me. Ignorant

wohth... wohthereturbo

Joe francis and seth rogan .. bound 2.. look it up

nonmember avatar Reh2002

The original is a lot better.

mseelen mseelen

Serves him right, that was the worst video ever!

nonmember avatar thereisonlyone

whosampled com if you look up his name there all his music is sampled, he just talks over someone else's beat; mainly popular tune and catchy vibes that were not so popular before 1980, he took those beats, turned them to songs that today's generation gobbles up. Awful artist. I just looked him up, Kanye West - 1112 samples, 91 covers, 139 remixes meaning 1112 of his songs (nearly his entire catalog) is sampled from other artists. You can see it for yourself.

Owen Romeo

Rap is built on sampling so to say "all of his music is sampled" is stupid. All of Jay-Z's, Nas, etc are too. Spicer will probably get money because the companies may settle as it's cheaper for them. If it goes to trial though, Spicer will lose because Kanye credited the writers of all the songs that he sampled so he didn't "steal" the song. This is the media hyping something without knowing copyright law.

nonmember avatar Nicole

Actually, you cannot just give an artist a shoutout ("a credit") on your album for sampling their music without your permission. You have to pay for that... you my friend do not know MUSIC copyright laws. This is not a book report where you have to site your sources. This is music. Its a money business. Pay up or the song is dissolved.

caleb... calebsmama12312

I don't think this is the first time he has been sued for something like this. I definitely remember reading another article about an artist's family suing him for sampling his voice without permission in I think it was gold digger but I'm not sure.

nonmember avatar KayneEast

Can you steal lyrics apparently written by a foul mouthed 16 year old?

nonmember avatar Twin

That falls on his producer. Same thing just happened with Nicki Minaj and Robin Thicke. Producers must do the work and get the samples cleared. "What I'm paying you for?!?!!" *kanye voice*

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