Kanye West Is Getting Sued Over "Bound 2" & It Sounds Like He Deserves It
For those of us who have been quietly whispering "uh huh honey" to ourselves for the past month or so, get ready to see Kanye West's new single, "Bound 2," make headlines again, though not for anything as fun as Kim Kardashian's boobs or Seth Rogen's naked body. Ricky Spicer, whose voice is sampled gratuitously on "Bound 2," is suing West, Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment, and Universal Music Group for the unlawful usage of his voice, which you might recognize as the childish falsetto that sweetly sings, "I'm falling in love" throughout Kanye's track.
Furthermore, the original track from which this sample was taken was called "Bound," which makes us wonder what could have possibly happened for Kanye to have referenced the original in his song title, but somehow have forgotten to deal with those silly things called copyright and royalties.
I'm assuming that this will all blow over, but I'd be remiss if I didn't admit that I'm rather wishing for another insane Kanye rant surrounding how no one deserves to have exclusive rights to their own music but him. Who knows, #NodisrespectRickySpicer might just be the next highly trending thing you see by the time you've finished Christmas lunch.
Those of us who love a good Kanye rant can only hope that this holiday lawsuit will bring merry tidings of ill wishes and discontent to our Twitter feeds, although admittedly that's not much in keeping with the holiday spirit. In the meantime, give the original tune a listen, and just imagine the astonishment those innocent little 12-year-olds would've felt if someone had told them back when they originally recorded the song that it would one day come to represent the bouncing breasts of a reality television star and the egomaniacal ravings of a superstar rapper.