A former boy band singer alleges in a lawsuit that Kanye West stole his vocals from a song recorded more than 40 years ago and used it on his latest hit, “Bound 2.”
Ricky Spicer, 56, of Ohio, said he recorded the song in 1971 as a member of The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, the New York Post reported
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While listening to the radio, Spicer was reportedly surprised to hear himself singing on the track from West’s album “Yeezus.”
“Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice … is heard several times,” according to the suit, filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court, the Daily News reported.
At the time of the recording, Spicer was a rising soul singer who was discovered at a talent show in 1969.
“He was their Michael Jackson,” Vincent Imbesi, Spicer’s attorney, told the newspaper.
Spicer is demanding that West compensate him or cease and desist from using his voice.
In addition to West, the suit names Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment, and Universal Music Group as defendants.
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