Bound vs Kanye West Bound 2
Ricky Spicer, whose voice is featured in a sample on Kanye West’s hit song, Bound 2, is suing West alleging he was never contacted or asked for permission to sample the track.PT0M34S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2zxnv 620 349 December 26, 2013
Kanye West is being sued by a former child star whose voice is featured in a sample on West’s hit song Bound 2.
Ricky Spicer was 12 years old when he recorded Bound with his then-group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One. Now 56, Spicer says he was ‘‘stunned’’ to hear his own voice when Bound 2 aired on radio.
Spicer has filed a lawsuit against West, Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group, alleging he was never contacted or asked for permission to sample the track.
Legal trouble ... West at last year's Big Day Out. Photo: Edwina Pickles
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, states that ‘‘Mr Spicer's voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice … is heard several times’’.
Spicer was the lead singer and “plus one” alongside two sets of twins in the 1960s soul group. Initial success led them to be dubbed the next Jackson 5, but the quintet disbanded in 1975.
‘‘He was their Michael Jackson,’’ said Vincent Imbesi, Spicer’s attorney.
Bound 2 has been the subject of much ridicule this month, following the release of an over-the-top video clip featuring West and wife Kim Kardashian atop a motorbike in front of a series of dramatic landscapes.
Seth Rogen and James Franco filmed a parody version of the clip, which immediately went viral. The video has also been parodied on South Park and Saturday Night Live.
Spicer has demanded West provide compensation or stop using the sample.
Neither West nor Universal Music Group have responded to requests for comment.