No week would be complete without a rapper or dj being sued for not clearing a sample, and this one is no different. The latest imbroglio in the hip-hop legal world involves a very scarcely known South African songstress, Karma, who conveniently waited until the release of (and subsequent Grammy nods for) Weezy's Tha Carter III before filing suit -and has the stones to put the following statement on her myspace blog:
With two solo albums under her belt, "Don't Walk Fly" engineered by Grammy Award-winner Scott Canto (Shakira, Jon Secada, Nine Inch Nails, Ricky Martin) and "papercuts" co-produced by Grammy Award-winner John D Thomas (Lauryn Hill, P.Diddy, Prince, Missy Elliot, Jamie Foxx) plus the hit single "I Feel Like I'm Dying" with Lil' Wayne for which Karma's song "Once" was sampled and is at the center of what has been called a landmark case in a copyright law in the US, Karma is well on her way to showing the rest of the world what South Africa already knows: Here is an amazingly prolific young songwriter who is teetering on the brink of worldwide recognition.
Here are both tracks for you to pass judgment on. All I have to say is, if you are going to so blatantly and illegally rip somebody off, at least make a decent song out of it like Timbaland does.