Beyoncé is reportedly being sued for over $20 million for ‘sampling’ the voice of a deceased New Orleans rapper in her song “Formation,” according to TMZ.
‘Sampling’ is routinely used by rappers and hip-hop ‘artists’ because they don’t have the talent to play the instruments themselves.
They take a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reuse it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.
To do this, you need permission by law to use the recording.
TMZ reports that the estate of Anthony Barré — aka Messy Mya — just filed suit against Bey for allegedly using a small, but memorable, piece from his 2010 video “A 27 Piece Huh?” and sprinkling it into her hit song … which has been certified gold.
Barré’s estate claims Beyonce straight-up ripped the deceased artist’s exact “Oh yes, I like that” phrase — in his voice — without permission … and then went on to make millions off the track. Barré, a YouTube star, was shot and killed in 2010.
It can be heard at about the 1-minute mark in Beyoncé’s “Formation” video.
Here’s Barré’s video:
Barré’s estate reached out to Beyoncé several times seeking compensation for the sample but has been completely ignored.
Now, the estate is asking for more than $20,000,000 in back royalties and other damages for using some of his final recorded words.