A pair of gospel songwriters are lashing out at superstar rappers Rick Ross, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z in a new copyright lawsuit over their song “3 Kings.”
The lawsuit was filed yesterday (February 6) against the trio, as well as producer Jake One and Universal Music Group, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois according to AHH.
The lawsuit was filed by Clara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary, who owns the rights to the song “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch).”
The song was released in 1976 and featured on an album titled God Save The Children, by a gospel singing group, named The Crowns of Glory.
According to the lawsuit, Rick Ross failed to get the proper permission to include the sample on “3 Kings,” which is featured on his album God Forgives I Don’t.
The lawsuit claims that Rick Ross’ album lists Jimmy Lee Weary as one of the writers of the song, but he was never come contacted for permission or compensated.
The lawsuit claims that a video for “3 Kings” was widely circulated, garnering millions of views, contributing to the success of the song.