Kanye West is being dragged into court after a Texas pastor sued the rapper for proving his sermon on Ye’s 2021 album Donda.
Bishop David Paul Moten filed a lawsuit against Kanye. The pastor claims that the Grammy-winning artist used his religious discourse in the featured song titled Come to Life.
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A Texas pastor filed a lawsuit against Kanye
Texas pastor Bishop David Paul Moten is reportedly suing Kanye for a part of his voice used in his song without authorization. He also filed a lawsuit against UMG Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, and GOOD Music. The pastor is seeking damages from all of them.
Media TMZ reports that according to Texas court documents, Moten’s sermon was used for 70 seconds of the 5 minute 10 second track. Moten further added that nearly 20 percent of the song had his voice on it.
The pastor said his sermon can be heard in the song’s intro and is repeated throughout the track.
Bishop criticized the 44-year-old rapper and his entire music team for deliberately sampling audio recordings of others without their consent.
Kanye, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, has yet to comment on the alleged lawsuit filed by the pastor.
More about Donda
Kanye released his album Donda last year in August. The album became his tenth studio album to reach the Billboard 200 after its release.
Donda was reportedly much more successful than the singer’s previous albums, such as Jesus Is King and Ye.
The album grossed over 60 million streams within the first 24 hours of its release on the Apple Music Store in the United States of America. Donda broke the 2021 record on the platform.
Kanye also released a deluxe version of the album in November. This premium version included tracks like Life of the Party with André 3000 and Remote Control pt. 2 with Young Thug and Kid Cudi. It also consisted of a different version of Keep My Spirit Alive among many others.
In early February of this year, Kanye released his eleventh studio album Donda 2 in Miami. Also, he exclusively released the Donda sequel through his Stem Player.
The album reflects various aspects of Kanye’s life. Donda’s theme explores his religious beliefs about Ye, including his divorce from socialite Kim Kardashian. The album further expresses his feelings towards his mother Donda West.