Clearing the right to use a sample is necessary and this time Raekwon has been notified. According to a recent report from AllHipHop, Raekwon has been served with a lawsuit over a sample featured in his song “The New Wu.”
Bridgeport Music/Westbound Records recently filed suit against the Wu-Tang emcee over an uncleared sample used in his song “The New Wu” off 2009’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linxâ€¦Pt. 2. The song, which features Ghostface Killah and Method Manand was produced by RZA, features a sample of the Magictones’ 1971 song “I’ve Changed.”
The suit claims that RZA illegally used a sped-up four measure portion of the original track. All four rappers are named in the lawsuit, and are being sued for copyright infringement, unfair competition and lawyer fees.
â€œThese 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,â€ the suit reads.