Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Throne Will Not Be Taxed


Chicago blues and soul man Syl Johnson, Syleena Johnson's father, is suing Jay Z and Kanye West for sampling his music without permission and then refusing to pay up.

The Throne responded with a counter suit...

Apparently Kanye West asked Syl Johnson for permission to sample his 1967 song, "Different Strokes" for Kanye's 2010 album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". Syl gave Kanye his permission but not in time to make the album. The next thing Syl knows, the sample shows up on 'The Joy' on Kanye and Jay Z's collaborative effort "Watch the Throne". Syl immediately filed suit demanding compensation for knowing and willful misappropriation.

Instead of paying up, Jay Z and Kanye insist Syl has no copyrights because "Different Strokes" was made in 1967 - and sound recordings were only automatically protected by federal copyright laws from 1972.

The case is on going.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whatta bunch of dicks!

Anonymous said...

SO MUCH FOR JIGGABOO BEING PRO ARTIST, SO MUCH FOR HIS ANGER TOWARDS THE WAY SO MANY BLACK ARTISTS WERE RIPPED OFF!!

#BITCHMADESELLOUT

Anonymous said...

Welp, that is what you hire lawyers for!

However, weren't Syleena and Ye really really good friends? Like to the point where he said he "Syleena you just like a safebelt, you saved my life" at the end of "All Falls Down"? So why is he doing her dad dirty like this?

I blame that money-hungry camel!!

Anonymous said...

@2:40 I KNOW RIGHT!

"I'm over-charging niggas for what they did to the Cold Crush..."

What happened to THAT, Jigga??

I can't stand this fucking greedy asshole!

Anonymous said...

Does homeboy have on a leather skirt in this picture?

Anonymous said...

j & kangay will get theirs soon enough

nba is fixed said...

Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyonce are part of the one percent!

Anonymous said...

Get em, Syl! Take them to the woodshed!

nba is fixed said...

I am obsessed with Beyonce, that's why i brought her up when she has nothing to do with this post.

Anonymous said...

There is a video of Syl Johnson, speaking on the matter. He said, that he knows Kanye personally, so he doesn't understand, why he would go about it, like that. He said, that he still has not heard from him.

Anonymous said...

so much for ethics......

Anonymous said...

no wonder his mother died.

Anonymous said...

oh,because the copyright expired ,they jacked it as a free beat. Okay,they throw 5000 dollar bottles of boose but cant pay an oldhead for his beat.....yeah,thats fair.GTFOH

Anonymous said...

Jay's a dirty dog, it's only a matter of time before he turns on Kanye.

Anonymous said...

@ 5:05 PM
Chile, I have been waiting on that to happen. Jay will turn on Kanye because Jay is a low down dirty dog ass nigga who has no conscience about doing wrong. This is the only way he was able to make it to the top. And truthfully why he is so invested in having 24/7 security for him and his Baphomet queen.
I expect all to fall apart when things slow down for him and Kanye and he will attack. He can't do so now because Kanye is what is keeping him relevant right now. He knows Kanye can stand soley on his own without the help of anyone keeping him relevant, because he's just that good. I'll admit that and I don't care much for Kanye. Both Jay and Bey fear being left behind in a business where most people who become A-list stars shine until new stars take their places. It has always been that way.

Anonymous said...

They'll pay him. I haven't spent a dollar on either of these negroes in years. Stuff like this is part of the reason. They haven't had credibility in a long time.

Soulwriter said...

Just because one CAN doesn't mean one SHOULD....grimy, grimy grimy Jigga Man, is it worth the karmatic wrath?

Anonymous said...

Wow just pay the man. Damn nasty ass leeches.

@6:21

Yea stuff like this makes me not feel bad if I chose to illegally download these idiots music.

Anonymous said...

@3:21

It's probably Jay doing it and not Kanye. Jay is really really dirty. Jay has never met or worked with a creative person that he hasn't stabbed in the back. Kanye better hide the knives.

Anonymous said...

tHATS SUM SLICK wHITE MAN LOOP HOLE SHIT ...SMH LOL

Anonymous said...

Fuck both them nigga & bootleg they shit

Anonymous said...

Mr johnson needs to learn there is a saying.....you are the company you keep...by looking at the people he surround himself with should tell him something, never be bothered with folks who messes with shady people.by him being an old head he should know better. Kanye has turned for the worst, he's on the devils side.

Anonymous said...

OG made it possibly for you to eat, cuz you sampled his beat.

Just on general principle they should cut him a check and file it under "consulting services" or some junk like that to limit liability issues

The Real Fedup said...

Smh typical Jay z move as always!! Kanye is going to be dragged into the quicksand with his BFF camel Jayz for being the most dirty low down cheating artist in the business. You watch as soon as he don't need Kanye....he will drop Kanye like a hot potato...or do I dare say a gay fish? *sips tea*

Anonymous said...

HAHA!
people call him camel as much as they call him Jay-Z.

Anonymous said...

That is f*cked up they wont pay that man. No matter if the copyright expired or never existed, that man is owed something. Jay and Kanye are dirty. No different from when white artists used to jack black music back in the day. Im glad I didnt buy their album.

Anonymous said...

"No different from when white artists used to jack black music back in the day. Im glad I didnt buy their album. " <--- THISSSS!

Anonymous said...

Don't pay shit Jay

Anonymous said...

Bragging about all this money and can't pay that man! WTF! Thats why I don't support these mofos!

quianaj27 said...

Jay and Kayne wonder why nobody doesn't like their asses. Pay this man.

CLIT FLEA said...

Associated Press "Top Albums Of 2011"

1. "21," Adele: A predictable choice, to be sure. But when an artist has delivered an album that is as close to perfection as "21," where else would it fall? Inspired by heartbreak, Adele's sophomore album stirs more than just melancholy: Songs such as "Someone Like You" and "Don't You Remember" will make you want to weep at their beauty. On "21," Adele comes of age as an artist, a songwriter and one of music's great voices.

2. "Barton Hollow," The Civil Wars: Joy Williams and John Paul White aren't a couple, but they radiate passion and chemistry on their debut album — all through a batch of understated, mellow tunes that blend country with folk, acoustic pop and whatever else that gives them their intangible appeal. Their songs about aching love and broken dreams catch your ear, but it's their irresistible harmonies that will make your heart leap.

3. "4," Beyonce: On paper, some may look at "4'' as a disappointment; it had no big smash singles compared with Beyonce's past albums, and underperformed commercially. Artistically, though, it was a triumph. While she still had pulsating beats on songs like "Countdown" and "End of Time," Beyonce dialed down her typical bombast for ballads, and midtempo grooves still smoldered as she relied more on passion than girl power.

4. "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West: While the first single, "Otis," suggested an album full of "how rich am I" rhymes from rap's most outsized figures, the album provided a much deeper narrative, as Kanye and Jay-Z mused on racism, black-on-black crime, fatherhood and other issues for an excellent album that was so much more than another vanity collaboration.

5. "Nostalgia, Ultra," Frank Ocean: Although Frank Ocean may be one of the most buzzed about new artists of 2011, you won't find his debut album in the stores, on iTunes or Amazon.com. He released it on the Internet out of frustration that it wasn't getting any traction at his label, Def Jam. We're hoping the label dragged its feet on this brilliant debut because of valid issues (maybe they were waiting on that "Hotel California" sample clearance). But it's a sad commentary on the failing label system that the young Ocean crafted a sonically rich album that shows him as hilarious, heartfelt, cocky, insecure and most important, thoughtful — and it apparently fell on deaf ears.

Anonymous said...

Fuck both of them clowns I refuse to buy their crap long time ago

Anonymous said...

Ok so let me start off by saying that I am in no sense of the word a "FAN" of Beyonce. To me, she is pretty average. I have heard previous albums (I have B'DAY and her debut album on my MP3 just because of wanting a variety) and I was never impressed. She would always put 2 or three good tracks mixed in with bad ones making up the rest. I also never really liked her voice, and to a point still don't. BUT.............This album is, shall I say, "OFF THE CHAIN". The first track on the cd had me jamming right away. And I'm not talking about head bobbing jamming, I mean "Im loving the lyrics and the sound" jammimng. The only track I dont like is the one about girl power or something, but other than that I just let it play. So I must say Well Done Ms. Knowles. I wont say I am a fan but I got my ears on alert now. Looking forward to see what she does next.

veronica e smith said...

well..were do i start? ok here's were phukk these two over fifty orthepedic shoe rocking adult diaper wearing (thats why ye start wearing skirts is because he old as hell and that make up and black hair dye can only hold up so much!)denture smacking nasty atitude having homosexual insecure satan cock sucker's.these two dildo lovers have got to be neck in neck with lil wayne and bird man/ymca for the are the lowest piece of dogg shit award.they ride each other no wonder ye dosent want nor desire a straight woman.i know were suppose to be talking about there performance and how good watch my shite hole was as and album! but i just cant stand them and had to get out my fustration some how.

Just me said...

I wonder if Kanye tried to sneak Through the Wire past Chaka? Fucking assholes just give the man his coins...Really making themselves look like selfish bastards...I would think Jay would be tired of being in court trying to beat his wife's stealing cases...

You would think constantly being sued gets old. OF course not.

Anonymous said...

When will people learn you DO NOT come at Jay sideways on some dumb shit! He shuts shit DOWN!!!

Anonymous said...

I think the countersuit is more about containing the amount of money they have to pay Syl and keeping up Jay's rep. He will get paid in the end but no more and no less than what they have to pay him. This will also send a message to other people that might try to sue, i.e. think twice because Jay is not an easy mark.

Anonymous said...

@8:05 Jay ain't shit!
Counter-suing is the norm, lets wait to see how much Jay has to pay.

Anonymous said...

Jay is hanging on to Kanye for dear life, so he can stay relevant!
Jay needs to keep his money because he ain't have all he brags about.
There is more money going out then coming in! And when the IRS catches up to him for nonpayment of his taxes, all hell will break!

Anonymous said...

@ SO MUCH FOR JIGGABOO BEING PRO ARTIST, SO MUCH FOR HIS ANGER TOWARDS THE WAY SO MANY BLACK ARTISTS WERE RIPPED OFF!!
#BITCHMADESELLOUT
2:40 PM
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Cosign!

Anonymous said...

@8:05

But this isn't "dumb shit".

Anonymous said...

SLy put these two devils in their place

Anonymous said...

These negroids are so full of themselves. Damn the so-called throne and whatever else these fuckers come up with.

Anonymous said...

jay z evil as hell fuck that ugly sell out

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