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SYL JOHNSON SUES CYPRESS HILL OVER SAMPLE October 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryann Hayman @ 2:59 pm
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Cypress Hill is being sued for $29 million by legendary blues singer Syl Johnson, who claims the rap group sampled his 1969 record “Is It Because I’m Black?” on a track from their 1993 album “Black Sunday.”

 

      Johnson, the father of R&B singer Syleena Johnson, says the song was used on the group’s track “Lock Down (Interlude).”  He’s suing Cypress Hill – recent honorees of VH1’s Hip Hop Honors – as well as a number of record and publishing companies for the brief soundbyte.

 

       In January, TMZ reported that Johnson sued a long list of artists – including Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Tupac Shakur and KRS-One – claiming they stole his 1967 single “Different Strokes” without attributing him or paying for the sample.

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