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Songwriter to Kanye -- You Jacked My "Good Life"!

3/26/2008 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A wacky songwriter-producer in Maryland says that Kanye West is diggin' his gold, lifting his tune "Volume of Good Life" for the Kanye smash hit "Good Life."

In a rambling lawsuit filed in Maryland District Court, Dayna Staggs (aka D'Mystro) is suing Kanye -- and his record label, Roc-a-Fella -- for copyright infringement. Staggs says that West "didn't obtain a license to use 'Volume of Good Life'" for his tune, and points out that Kanye was "only at the age of 6 or 7 years of age [sic]" when his song was written.

D'Mystro is also peeved because Kanye's song "contains vulgar and offensive" images and "harms the reputation" of his much cleaner song. He wants 85% of all world sales of the proceeds from the music that uses his work, though he doesn't explain how he came up with that number. Kanye's label hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

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sasha    

FIRST!!!!

2370 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

Can't keep a good fella down.

2370 days ago
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Chels    

Gimme a break! This is ridiculous.. Kanye is awesome. Why didnt this come up like a year ago when the song first came out? Some crazy nut who cant make money off his own music so he needs to sue Kanye... ya okay...

2370 days ago
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MartinD28    

I wonder when this pop, rap, and hip hop era will finally be over. All genres end eventually. Perhaps only the bad ones take longer. If you like this stuff please realize that you are listening to a digitally enhanced monotone drone repetitive vocal layered on top of a drum machine dominated computer generated rhythm track. Success and wealth should only be bestowed on true artists such as singer songwriter virtuoso instrumentalists.

2370 days ago
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Bob. My name is the same forwards and backwards    

Way to keep original, Kayne, you pathetic, WHINEY little b!tch!












VINCE GILL MADE FUN OF YOU ON NATIONAL TV! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

VINCE
GILL!

2370 days ago
6.

Mrs Joe Jackson    

Qoute: "1. FIRST!!!!

Posted at 11:26AM on Mar 26th 2008 by sasha"

First with notyhing to say........ Like Kanye.

Kanye has Zero talent... and probably can't even write his own name without stealing the letters from Vannna White.

Another thug, stealing.. shocker.

2370 days ago
7.

Hells Kitchen dogwalker    

Hope this guy takes the tired poser West to the cleaners! Hate him!

2370 days ago
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anonymous    

Kanye is a whiny little bitch ...boohoo. O I seen Vince Gill that was awesome.

2370 days ago
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Aura    

How is Kanye a thug, BlueJayFlys? You are a racist idiot.

2370 days ago
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anonymous    

whiney **

2370 days ago
11.

Dave    

I just checked his myspace and he has a photo of a "platinum" record. It's a fake. There is no such thing as the ARA, it's a custom made plaque to look like the real thing, but it's the furthest thing from real. What a joke this guy is. He writes in his lawsuit that he has received Gold Records, et al but that is a fabrication and is reason to get this thrown out of court. The RIAA owns the name and likeness of Gold and Platinum records.


2370 days ago
12.

I am Me    

I can not stand kanye west. he has no talent what so ever, he just does not. Anyone that tries to tell me that he is so great and so talented must be smoking a huge crack pipe

2370 days ago
13.

Traci    

What? Kanye stool music from somebody? Wow. Hellloooo...that is all that guys ever does is steal music from someone else and make it suck. Get lost Kanye.

2370 days ago
14.

LC    

Kanye sucks, all he does is bitch and complain.

2370 days ago
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The Canadian    

If the guy actually wrote the song...why only 85%? He should get it all. They're all screwed in the head.

2370 days ago
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