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Rapper Kendrick Lamar has been charged with copyright infringement for his collaboration with Rihanna, Loyalty.
Producer Terrance Hayes claims the 2017 Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star’s exit copies “the entire line-up, including title, melody, harmony and rhythm” from his own 2011 song, and he traces it to her common partner, musician Josef Leimberg, who previously contributed to Lamar’s 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly.
According to legal documents filed in California on August 21, the MC would have had access to Hayes’ work via Leimberg, including a 2016 remix of the original Loyalty, which he said was used by Kendrick producer Terrace Martin, which “slowed it down.” a synthesizer and combined it with another sample to disguise the “copy”.
Hayes contends that even the subject matter of Kendrick’s song is “similar” to his, and he seeks a jury trial to determine damages, although he seeks “all the defendants’ profits”, as well as ” any other monetary benefit gained by the defendants by their violation ”.
Leimberg and Martin are listed as defendants alongside Kendrick and his label and management representatives at Top Dawg Entertainment, Music Business Worldwide reports.
Kendrick’s publicists have yet to comment on the allegations.