It’s no secret that Kanye West is a fan of sampling other people’s music. In fact, most of his career as a producer has depended on it. However, West has a history of lifting music from other people without their permission, and has been in hot water for it a handful of times, most recently on Teyana Taylor’s album K.T.S.E., when he failed to clear a sample from Numero Group. Now, legendary house producer and disc jockey DJ David Morales has accused him of stealing his music on his new collaboration with Lil Pump “I Love It.”
As EDM Sauce points out, Morales claims in a video post on his Facebook page that West used the bassline from his 1991 remix of Alexander O’Neal’s “What Is This Thing Called Love?” in “I Love It.” Watch the clip below.
“I’m getting all these messages that he sampled a record I did over 25 years ago,” he said in the clip. He then proceeds to play his song while adlibbing the main hook on Kanye West and Lil Pump’s “I Love It.”
“So yes, that is my bassline I did 25 years ago. Nobody asked me any permission, nobody gave me any love, no points, no royalties – not even a coupon to Walmart,” he stated, concluding, “But nonetheless, I’m going on record – this is my bassline.”
Compare David Morales’ “What Is This Thing Called Love?” remix to Kanye West and Lil Pump’s “I Love It” below, and give us your 2 cents on the matter in the comments.
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