Kanye West being sued for "Gold Digger" sample

Kanye West performs onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. Getty

It's fairly well-known that Kanye West's hit "Gold Digger" is built around a sample of Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman," but did he also borrow a sample from the late musician David Pryor?

According to a new lawsuit, brought on by Pryor's two children Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, "Gold Digger" borrows a sample of their father saying "get down," which comes from his 1974 song "Bumpin' Bus Stop," recorded by Pryor and his band Thunder & Lightning. Apparently, if you listen closely, you can hear what's allegedly Pryor's voice saying, "get down" three times. In "Gold Digger," West sings: "Get down girl, get down, get down."

According to TMZ, Steward and Pryor are asking for a judge to block future sales of "Gold Digger" and for "millions of dollars" in damages. The timing for the suit comes eight years after "Gold Digger" went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Check out "Bumpin' Bus Stop" below. Can you hear Pryor? What do you think of this lawsuit?

  • Lesley Savage

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