News: Common Slapped W/ "EZ" Copyright Lawsuit

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2009 4:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Common has had a copyright lawsuit filed against him which claims he sampled a 1970's song for his debut album hit "Take It EZ."

The suit was reportedly filed in court on Monday (July 13).

Andrew Marks and London McDaniels filed a lawsuit yesterday, claiming Common stole their song "When Will The Day Come" in his tune "Take it EZ." But here's the twist: Common gives Marks and McDaniels this credit on the downloadable version of his song: "Contains samples from: When Will The Day Come.'" Here's the problem: The credit don't pay the rent. So Marks and McDaniels are suing for unspecified damages. (TMZ)

Common's track helped ignite his 17-year stay within the rap game.

Performing as Common Sense -- he was able to catch his first break, winning The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype contest. He debuted in 1992 with the single "Take It EZ," which appeared on his Combat-released debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?; further singles "Breaker 1/9" and "Soul by the Pound" helped establish his reputation in the hip-hop underground, although some critics complained about the record's occasional misogynistic undertones. (All Music)

He was previously sued alongside other artists over a past sampling issue in 2008.

The latest significant sample lawsuit to hit the streets is brought to us courtesy of Kanye West, Common, Method, Redman, and a bunch of folks over at the Universal Music Group. Seems like Kanye West just can't escape the sample clearance lawsuits lately. This time the daughter of Jazz saxophonist Joe Farrell has sued for lifting the drum break from Joe Farrell's 1974 CTI recording of Upon This Rock. The samples were "allegedly" used on Kanye's "Gone", Common "Chi-City", and Method Man/Redman's "Run 4 Cover". (Crate Kings)

Aside from legal issues, Common has been tagged to star alongside Paula Patton in the upcoming film, Just Wright.

Fox Searchlight has tapped rapper-turned-actor Common (Terminator Salvation) as the lead opposite Queen Latifah in sports romancer Just Wright, with Sanaa Hamri directing. Paula Patton has also been cast. Latifah, Shakim Compere and Debra Martin Chase are producing. Shooting starts in mid-July in New York for a release next year. (Variety)

No further information regarding the lawsuit has been released.

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