Chance The Rapper has just hit a legal bump in the road, and it’s for something he did—or didn’t do—at the outset of his career. According to Billboard, New-York based jazz musician Abdul Wali Muhammad—formerly known as Eric P. Saunders—sued the rapper for copyright infringement over the rapper’s on Tuesday (Sept. 12).
The site reports that Muhammad is suing Chano over “Windows,” which is a song he dropped on his first mixtape, titled 10 Day, back in 2012. The song does appear to contain a sample of Lonnie Liston Smith’s 1980 song “Bridge Through Time.” Apparently, Muhammad filed a separate copyright claim for that the year before in 1979.
Muhammad, who claims he reached out to the Grammy-winning artist‘s management team when he became aware of “Windows” this past spring, says he never gave Chance permission to use the sample, and so he’s suing the Chicago rapper for infringement. He’s also requested that Chano cease any attempts to sell the track, which, as far as we know, has never even been up for sale in the first place.
Technically speaking, “Windows” actually uses a sample of Apollo Brown’s “A Bridge Through Time,” which samples Smith’s “A Bridge Through Time.” Apollo Brown is credited as a producer on the 10 Day track. Chance, who recently co-signed his parody Twitter account, has yet to comment on the matter.
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