Kanye West has reportedly been sued by an American preacher over a sampled piece of audio used in a song on his latest album, Donda. TMZ reported that court documents from Texas show Bishop David Paul Moten said portions of the sermon were used for a total of 70 seconds on the Come To Life song.
It equates to over 20% of the slightly over five minute track. In the documents, Bishop Moten said in a statement that it is the latest example of Kanye and the music industry “deliberately and blatantly sample sound recordings of others without permission or consent”.
The phrase “my soul is crying hallelujah and I thank God that he saved me” can be heard at the beginning of the song, as well as other excerpts. Bishop Moten would also sue UMG Recordings, Def Jam Recordings and GOOD Music over the song. Compensation is being sought from them, TMZ said, adding that it had solicited comment from Kanye and heard nothing.
Come To Life is featured on the rapper’s 10th studio album, Donda, released last year.