Kanye West Is Being Sued Over “Ultralight Beam”
Kanye West Is Being Sued Over “Ultralight Beam”, The song appears on 2016’s ‘The Life of Pablo.’
Kanye West is involved in yet another sampling lawsuit, TMZ reports. This time, its over the child’s voice sampled on “Ultralight Beam,” his 2016 song from The Life of Pablo. According to documents obtained by TMZ, West sought sample clearance from the child’s biological mother, rather than her adoptive parents. They also say he was supposed to follow up with a written license and payment, but never did, and are suing for a portion of the profits.
The song features a sample of then-four-year-old child Natalie Greene, whose passionate prayer became a viral video that West used for his track:
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He flips these vocals for the song’s intro:
We don’t want no devils in the house, God (Yes, Lord)
We want the lord (Yes, Jesus)
And that’s it (Yes, God)
Hallej- hand over Satan (Yes, Jesus)
Jesus praise the Lord (Yes, God)
Hallelujah, God (Yes, God)
This is just the latest sampling issue Kanye West is facing. He reportedly failed to clear two samples on “Lift Yourself” last year, another one on Teyana Taylor’s “Hold On,” and yet another on “I Love It” with Lil Pump. In 2017, he settled out of court over a sample featured on his 2013 song “New Slaves.”
“Ultralight Beam” peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was eventually certified Platinum. It features Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price, and Kirk Franklin.
Read TMZ’s full report here and catch up on all the lyrics to Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” on Genius now.