Soul singer Leroy Hutson says rapper Young Jeezy sampled his 1973 song “Getting it On” without permission. Leroy Hutson is perhaps best-known for briefly replacing Curtis Mayfield as the lead singer of The Impressions in the early 1970s before embarking on a solo career. He also co-wrote Donny Hathaway’s 1970 song “The Ghetto.”
Hutson’s song “Getting it On,” from his 1973 album “Love oh Love,” is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit against Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy and his producer. Jeezy, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, illegally used part of “Love oh Love” to make the song “Time” on the mixtape “Trap or Die 2,” Hutson says.
The soul singer, who currently lives in Miami, says in February 2012 his daughter told him the song was posted on “whosampled.com,” a site that identifies samples used in other recordings. Hutson sued Jenkins, producer Donald Earl Cannon pka DJ Don Cannon and his production company Cannon Music in federal court in Atlanta for copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.
Huston is represented by Alan S. Clarke.