Freshly-defunct Brooklyn band Yeasayer recently filed a lawsuit against The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and others claiming their 2018 Black Panther heavy-hitting soundtrack collaboration “Pray For Me” infringes on the band’s 2007 song, “Sunrise.”
In the suit, filed by the group that broke up this past December, they claim that “Pray For Me” contains an uncredited sample of “Sunrise” that’s described as “a distinctive choral performance… comprised of male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato, and developed via distinctive audio post-processing.” They further allege that the clip was not only just used, but made to be a “material and substantial portion” of the new production.
While experts may be brought in to solve this issue, it doesn’t take someone with an advanced degree to know that the vocal sounds made in both of these songs are elementary and have been recreated (without sampling) in thousands of songs throughout history. Noting that, Yeasayer’s team will be facing an uphill battle against the high-powered camps of Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. Check back for more developments on this issue.