Legendary Chicago singer claims Kanye ripped him off

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From NBC Chicago

Chicago soul singer Syl Johnson was among the millions of people checking out Kanye West and Jay-Z’s recent album “Watch the Throne.” But he was miffed by what he heard.

Johnson claims one of the songs on the deluxe edition of the album, Kanye’s “The Joy,” uses vocals from his classic track “Different Strokes” without getting the proper clearance for the sample.

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According to a blog posting by The Numero Group — a Chicago company that specializes on preserving and re-issuing old music, film and photography — the process first started last summer when they were approached to get the sample cleared by Def Jam.

The song was originally supposed to be used on the deluxe version Kanye’s successful 2010 solo album “My Beautiful Twisted Fantasy.”

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