EXCLUSIVE: Kendrick Lamar – Federal Judge Orders Rapper to Show Up to Settlement Meeting in Legal Battle Over Illegally Sampling Allegations
The Dirty can exclusively reveal Kendrick Lamar is a very busy man … even scheduled to headline Coachella in two months … but a federal court judge clearly doesn’t care about preparing for the music festival … with him ordering the rapper to physically show up to a settlement conference in the legal battle accusing him of ripping off 70’s musicians.
Music companies, Golden Withers Music and Musidex Music, sued the rapper accusing him of ripping off a 70’s song “Don’t You Want to Stay” written by Bill Withers and others back in 1975. Withers is famous for such hits as “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me”.
Kendrick released a song entitled, “I Do This” which he released in 2013 … which they accused the rapper of using the entire music of the copyrighted song they own and only adding rap lyrics over the track … they sued demanding the maximum amount in damages.
Kendrick fired back at the allegations he stole from the 70’s musician and denied any wrongdoing. The rapper claimed his track “I Do This” was independently created by him. However, a settlement was reached and the case was closed … but the deal fell thru and the case was reopened recently.
Then on February 15th, the judge came back with a decision during a meeting with both sides lawyers. The order states Kendrick must physically attend a settlement conference in the case later this month. The rapper is not allowed to only have a lawyer represent him during the conference and he has been ordered to show up personally to try and settle the case prior to a trial.