Kanye West is reportedly being sued (Picture: Getty Images)
Kanye West is reportedly being sued by a US pastor over a piece of sampled audio used in a track on his latest album Donda.
The rapper is being taken to court by Bishop David Paul Moten who alleges that parts of a religious sermon he gave were used on the track Come To Life without his permission.
In court documents, the bishop said his voice and sermon were used continuously throughout the song, from the introduction to the conclusion, and that the lines consisted of over 20% of the song.
The court documents claim that parts of the sermon were used for 70 seconds in the song, in both the intro as well as being looped throughout.
Alongside Kanye, UMG Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, as well as G.O.O.D Music were named in the suit.
According to TMZ, Bishop David Paul said that it was the most recent instance of the Grammy Award winner and his related businesses ‘willfully and egregiously sampling sound recordings of others without consent or permission.’
Kanye has been sued (Picture: Prince Williams/WireImage)
The lawsuit comes after Universal Music Group was named in a filing in the UK High Court over Kanye’s 2010 song Power, which includes samples from the 1969 song 21st Century Schizoid Man from the band King Crimson.
Declan Music LTD, who owns the mechanical rights to 21st Century Schizoid Man, allege that UMG has not been paying them the proper amount of streaming royalties for Power.
Reports claim that DCM, Ye and his production company Rock The World previously signed a deal that allowed the artist to sample the track in return for a 5.33% royalty on each copy of Power sold, or ‘otherwise exploited’ and that they should receive royalties on the ‘same terms’ as Kanye.
His contract at the time stated that ‘the royalty figure for a streaming track was equivalent to that of a track on a physical CD’.
However, DCM claimed the music corporation ‘failed, and continues to fail, to comply with its royalty accounting obligations in respect of one mode of exploitation, namely the making available of the Power [r]ecording to consumers through so-called ‘streaming’ services.’
DCM alleges that UMG is only paying them a small percentage of the amount of money that’s required, with the inclusion of the streaming platforms and that they’re now looking to receive ‘all sums due’.
Pete appeared to have got a tattoo dedicated to his girlfriend Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s ex-wife.
Pete and Kim were first linked in October (Picture: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
The Saturday Night Live comedian performed his first stand-up show in three years at the Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival in Los Angeles on Friday night and was joined by Kim, 41, who supportively watched the comic return to the stage and make jokes about her estranged husband.
While leaving and getting into their waiting car, Pete, 28, seemed to be sporting a previously unseen tattoo on his neck.
Inked in tiny font, the initials ‘KNSCP’ were seen just below his right jaw sparking speculation that it refers to Kim and her four children, North, eight, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, two, as the letters appear in age order.
Commentary on social media has been divided about Pete’s alleged tribute to the kids, with one Twitter user weighing in: ‘I’m starting to believe Pete enjoys poking at Kanye!’
Metro.co.uk have contacted reps for Kanye West for comment.