Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, who’s no stranger to litigation over his music, has been hit with a lawsuit over his 2013 track “I Do This.” Boombox reports that Lamar was sued by Golden Withers Music and Musidex Music, who are accusing Lamar of lifting the Bill Withers song “Don’t You Want to Stay,” from 1975.
You can hear audio of both songs in the clips below.
Along with Lamar, a publishing unit of Warner Music Group and Top Dawg Entertainment are named in the lawsuit. TMZ.com names Mattie Music as the plaintiff, and says the company claims it owns the rights to the Bill Withers song and is suing for damages, while also demanding that Kendrick stop using the Withers track.
“According to legal docs filed by MMG … the company says K. Dot’s 2009 track ‘I Do This’ is a complete replica of ‘Don’t You Want to Stay’ — to the point it ‘consists of nothing more than new rap and hip hop lyrics set to the existing music of “Don’t You Want To Stay,”‘” TMZ reports.
Boombox notes: “Lamar has been hit with lawsuits for his tracks ‘The Blacker the Berry’ and ‘Keisha’s Song (Her Pain).’ After his well-received Grammy performance this past February, he was also accused of copying elements of Dice Raw’s musical play ‘The Last Jimmy.'”
Here are the two tracks involved in the new lawsuit …