SOHH Whatcha Think: Lawsuit Back: Did Kanye West Steal His Grammy-Winning Song From This Guy? [Listen To The Audio & Speak]
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 12:05AM
This is becoming the lawsuit that will never end: It seems Vincent Peters will not rest until he gets what he feels is owed to him in a case where he claims rap icon Kanye West stole his song and repackaged it as the Grammy-award winning hit, "Stronger."
In a recent interview Vincent explained how his song fell into the hands of Kanye.
"My song (which is also titled "Stronger") was written in the summer of 2006. It was a little bit of a different feel but the overall concept was pretty much the same. I gave it to John Monopoly, who, at that time, was the president of GOOD Music. And everybody at GOOD Music had to give a Yay or Nay on the project and that was one of the songs."(The Jasmine Brand)
The Nietzsche Factor
ABOVE: According to Mr. West, from this guy, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche has been dead for over 100 years, but many contemporary scholars agree that his work continues to drip swagoo.
Kanye West, who was facing lawsuit from a man called Vincent Peters who claims that Ye stole his idea for his hit song "Stronger", cited Nietzsche as his influence for the song idea in a brief his legal team submitted last week. Kanye, claims that he got the idea for "Stronger" from the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's dictum-- "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." Both Peters and Ye's song are based off this idea. Kanye's attorney said the following on it, "it would create a dangerously low threshold for establishing copyright protection over otherwise commonplace words and phrases."(Hot New Hip Hop)
The case marches on, as Peters' lawyers are once again set to speak before the judge later this month.
"I think we have to file something on the 19th of this month, and then at that point, the court will have everything it needs. And then my lawyers and his lawyers will have to go in and make oral arguments in front of the judges. And then it's decided from there."(The Jasmine Brand)
You can check out quick snippets of both songs back-to-back here, for the record, there are a few similar lyrics, but that happens a lot in Hip Hop, don't think Yeezy actually stole the guy's song. SOHH Watcha Think -- will Yeezy be forced to pay up this time?
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