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Wyclef Accused of Stealing Rap Song from 1996

11/24/2010 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Wyclef Jean is accused of ripping off a beat from the '90s rap group Blahzay Blahzay and using it on his album back in 2007 -- and now the group wants $2 million to make things right.

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The two founding members of Blahzay² have re-filed their lawsuit in NY, claiming 'Clef reached out to them before "Carnival" was released and asked for permission to sample their hit "Danger" on the Wylcef track "Welcome to the East."

The guys claim they told Wyclef they would not consent unless the former Fugee allowed them to appear on his album and get writing credits on "Welcome to the East."

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According to the docs, Wyclef never agreed to the terms but published the album anyway -- and then sent the guys a check ... which the rappers claim they "promptly rejected and returned." Now they want $2,000,000 to make things right.

Blahzay originally filed the suit last year -- but we're told they backed off when Wyclef;s people expressed an interest in negotiating a settlement. A source connected to the case tells us the negotiations fell apart ... so Blahzay decided to refile the suit.

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1.

CarolynAB    

Time to pay up.
Big time.

1396 days ago
2.

Oval Beach    

That sh*t all sounds the same to me...Yeah..Yeah...I can hear a real difference...yeah right...it all sounds like sh*t so...NO...Wyclef doesn't owe anyone anything regarding this piece of sh*t "music".

1396 days ago
3.

The Gangsta of Love    

Wait. Hold-up. WyKLEP "worked" on "Maria, Maria".
He's DEFINITELY going to need ANOTHER $2,000,000.
Times TWENTY, junior.

1396 days ago
4.

Franko    

So now that Haitians are dropping with cholera, Wycleff is comfy in the US. Too dirty a job to help out now, Wycleff?
Perhaps Penn was right all along eh?

1396 days ago
5.

NDNchief    

wyclef is A d o u c h e-bag. He doesn't care about the Haitians. He may claim Haitian, but he's firmly just another American D-BAG. Even with the Fugees, I only ever liked Lauryn Hill. Pras was okay.

1396 days ago
6.

vegaseric    

When the east is in the house OMG DANGER

1396 days ago
7.

timmay    

Wow, breaking news there TMZ, another rapper steals the beats of someone elses song? OOOOOOOOONO, what next? a Kardashian knocks a kid outta the way so she can be on camera ?? Happens all the time, how about some REAL news?

1396 days ago
8.

frankie    

Come on theres noway a Black Man would steal !!!!!!! LOL

1396 days ago
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NelsonH    

Not the same song, wouldn't hold up in court but they'll settle to keep costs down. Shame.

1396 days ago
10.

Valstann    

this guys a huge thief . all his other songs are nothing but samples also

1396 days ago
11.

Jillian    

Come on. They don't even sound alike! Some people just can't seem to let go of their one hit wonders.

1396 days ago
12.

jahman    

jah rastafari.

1396 days ago
13.

The Royal One    

Wait. Hold-up. WyKlep, didn't you "work" on "Maria, Maria"?
You'll need ANOTHER $2,000,000. TIMES twenty, son.

1396 days ago
14.

B    

False. Black bears.

1396 days ago
15.

fuckouthahere    

This isn't news, the songs don't sound alike and who the **** knows if Wyclef doesn't care about Haitians. Let the man live his life in peace, his music speaks for itself. This bullsh*t article and these retarded comments also, y'all muhfruckaz on crack.

1395 days ago
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