Kanye West’s latest hit, ‘Bound 2,’ unfairly uses a recording of an Ohio man Ricky Spicer’s voice from when Spicer was 12, the plaintiff claims in a lawsuit.
A one-time child soul singer has slammed Kanye West with a lawsuit charging the rapper co-opted his voice without asking and used it on his album “Yeezus.”
Ricky Spicer, 56, of Ohio, said he was stunned when he heard himself on the radio backing up West on the hit single “Bound 2,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard charts in June.
Ricky Spicer is suing rapper Kanye West and various music labels for what he says was the unauthorized use of his voice, taken from a record he recorded when he was 12.
Spicer said he recorded the lyrics when he was the 12-year-old lead singer of The Ponderosa Twins plus One.
The Ponderosa Twins Plus One
Ricky Spicer was once the ‘Plus One’ of singing group Ponderosa Twins Plus One. He alleges his voice was wrongly taken from one of the songs from his old group’s album and used on a Kanye West record.
“Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it and his voice … is heard several times,” said the suit, filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
While some may have been offended by raunchy scenes of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in the video for West’s ‘Bound 2,’ an Ohio man is more offended that a recording of his voice from when he was a child is used in the song.
Spicer is demanding that West compensate him or cease and desist from using his voice.
Besides West, the suit names recording labels Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group as defendants.
Kanye West’s album ‘Yeezus’ contains a song that uses a vocal track without that singer’s permission, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
Spicer was living in the Ohio Boys Town orphanage when he was discovered at a 1969 talent show. Music publisher Chuck Brown got him to join The Ponderosa Twins — then made up of two sets of twins.
“He was their Michael Jackson,” said Spicer’s attorney, Vincent Imbesi.
Universal Music Group, the parent company of Roc-A-Fella Records and Island Def-Jam, did not respond to a request for comment.