Actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple accuses the duo of using an unauthorized sample of one of his works in the song 'Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2).'
Kanye West and Kid Cudi's Kids See Ghosts collaborative project has filed a legal response to copyright infringement claims over the 2018 song “Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2),” according to documents filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in California.
The original lawsuit, filed in March by actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple, accused the duo and their collaborators of using an unauthorized sample of his 2002 vocal recording “The Spirit of Marcus Garvey (Garvey speaks to an all-Black audience)” on the track, thereby depriving him of rightful credit and compensation. Bobb-Semple claimed that the sample, which is heard in the track’s first 15 seconds, was “the seed from which the entire song grows” and did not fall under the fair use exception to copyright.
In his suit, Bobb-Semple is seeking damages and his share of royalties from the song’s past and future exploitation. He is also asking for credit as a producer and performer for all “future reproduction, distribution, sale, public performance, or other use or exploitation” of the track.