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Kendrick Lamar Sued

We Got Stiffed By 'Rigamortis'

... Songwriters Claim

9/3/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kendrick Lamar Sued
Kendrick Lamar is a musical thief who blatantly ripped off another song to create his hit, "Rigamortis" ... at least according to two musicians who are suing him for at least $1 million.

Eric Reed and Willie Jones III claim they came up with a song called "The Thorn" in 2010 that features an infectious rhythm and commanding horns ... the very same music heard in Lamar's "Rigamortis."

In their lawsuit ... they say Lamar took their music, and simply added his own lyrics. They say "The Thorn" isn't merely part of "Rigamortis" ... IT IS "Rigamortis."


Reed and Jones say even though "Rigamortis" basically made Lamar a star ... he never gave them a dime or even credit for the music.

They're now suing Lamar for at least a mil, plus all 'Rigamortis' profits and rights to the song.

So we gotta ask ...


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68 COMMENTS

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1.

yeahunhhuh    

Damn...love u kenny.both versions are way past amazing,break him off a lil change.who produced it?

17 days ago
2.

Bridget    

I'm no expert, but it sounds different to me.

17 days ago
3.

notalawyer    

It is completely unheard of for a c(rapper) to steal someone else's work....

17 days ago
4.

harvey is racist    

its call a sample....

17 days ago
5.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Rappers have been ripping off other songs without crediting them for decades now

17 days ago
6.

iBetty    

No Surprise here...

17 days ago
7.

The90OhSoRad    

Rap is a joke today. Lil Kim.... 2pac WHERE RU?!

17 days ago
8.

MsPhilly    

Def the same instrumental, Ken***** is just a sped up version.

17 days ago
9.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Well it's definitely the same song but considering that it was released on a mixtape I doubt that Kendrick made millions were made from it. Either way, Kendrick owes them money.

17 days ago
10.

wally912    

It's called a sample and productions us his thing. He's just the name and the rapper. Kendrick Lamar is a great artist. Rigamortis is off his Section80 album from years ago. The Thorn is a dope song by even doper artists. Hopefully these two great musicians can hash this whole thing out and maybe collaborate on something.

17 days ago
11.

Saltine Crackas    

TMZ it's called a sample, it's when a producer takes a sound from another song in this case the horns and mixes it into some other music.

17 days ago
12.

wally912    

Productions isn't his thing.

17 days ago
13.

Tommy178188    

Im a producer myself so i know Kendrick DEFINITELY sampled that, theres nothing wrong with it i feel like it revives the old records and keeps them relevant. He should absolutely give credit to Willie Jones though, cut him a check Kendrick!!!

17 days ago
14.

RDJ    

GKMC made him the star that he is today....

17 days ago
15.

w    

lol yeah he stole that...pay the man with talent dumb ass. It's willie jones song..Lamar or who ever ok'd that song has no integrity.

17 days ago
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