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Cypress Hill Sued for Stealing "Black" Music

10/17/2008 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cypress Hill's album "Black Sunday" came out in 1993 -- but they've had to wait 15 years now to get their pants sued off over what one man considers stolen beats.
Syl Johnson: Click to listen!Cypress Hill: Click to listen!
Syl Johnson is suing Cypress (among a host of record and publishing companies) for a whopping $29 million, because he claims the beats from his 1969 song "Is It Because I'm Black" were used on Hill's tune "Lock Down" -- which was also called "Interlude."

Take a listen to the two songs and decide for yourself -- you'd be insane in the membrane not to hear the similarities.

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jojochicago    

Syl been doing this for years, suing rappers! His daughter is Syleena Johnson, an r&b singer with a beautiful voice! There's no doubt its the same song with a siren added to it.

2104 days ago
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fernyelbowz    

the song is from cypress hills black sunday album, as the article says, not temple of boom! and the same sample was used on wu tang clans the w album on the track hollow bones!!! of course he wont sue rza for using the same loop, more recently at that....... i love syl johnsons music but hes a little beeotch when it comes to sampling.....greedy f*ckin old washup...... just needs to pay the rent i guess..... im sure he wont sue kanyes lame a$$ either, since he gave his daughter work.....the falling economy must be affecting everyone...and 29 million for an interlude track that doesnt even have vocals? this guy done flipped his wig!!!

2104 days ago
18.

Katherine    

Sampling is one thing but straight out ripping off is another. If you use someone else's beats to such an extent, ala Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" and Queen's "Under Pressure", you have to give credit where credit is due and include the guy whose beats you "sampled" a place in the liner notes and a piece of the pie. Just sayin!

2104 days ago
19.

chrisofkitchener    

It would've probably only cost ten grand or so if they'd sampled it legit...
The extra $28,990,000.00 is the cost of not asking permission...

2104 days ago
20.

BIGMIKE    

IT'S NOTHING NEW. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STEALING "BLACK" MUSIC FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME. SUE THEM ALL.

2103 days ago
21.

steve    

1. Cypress didnt make 29 million off this album interlude
2. Cyrpess didnt make 29 million off the entire album
3. seriously wtf, how are you gonna sue these dudes for 29 mil for looping up your guitar riff for a fu*king interlude


syl johnson, kill yourself.

2101 days ago
22.

worm    

if u knew hip hop you would know that almost all the beats prior to computers and new producction techniuques (bassically late end 90s on) used stolen samples from songs .. and alot of producers , now that hip hop has broken on to the mainstream and is easy to get from sources like the internet, are being sold by old artists who have realized that their songs have been sampled and reused.. most of the more famous producers of the 90s all used samples from songs (dj premier ? sample genius) , the difference between gettin sued or not was either A. you got permission to use the sample or B. the owner of the song that was sampled didnt know or care that their song was sampled ....but yea its not a huge deal they sampled a song, almost everybody did it , hip hop was built on the useage of samples cyrpress hills shuda just asked or atleast gave cred.. so chill out ppl

1528 days ago
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