EXCLUSIVE: Kendrick Lamar – Settles Lawsuit Accusing Him of Ripping Off 70’s Musician
The Dirty can exclusively reveal Kendrick Lamar has reached a settlement in the legal battle he was accused of ripping off a 70’s musician … despite the rapper previously denying he stole any music.
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. The companies sued demanding the maximum amount in damages for illegally profiting off their music.
Back in November, docs were filed explaining a settlement was reached by the parties and the case would be dismissed. However, months after they reached a general agreement the deal fell through and the case was reopened.
Recently, the judge ordered Kendrick to physically show up to a settlement hearing with the plaintiffs. The conference took place late last month. After 4 hours of negotiating out a deal the two parties reached a deal to end the entire lawsuit once and for all. The terms of the deal will remain confidential.