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Numero Group Claims Kanye West Didn’t Clear a Sample on Teyana Taylor’s ‘K.T.S.E.’ Album

Numero Group has made claims that Kanye West failed to clear a sample they own the master to on Teyana Taylor's "Issues/Hold On" off her 'K.T.S.E.' album.

Teyana Taylor‘s sophomore K.T.S.E. album finally made its way onto streaming services a day later than expected, and we are beginning to find out that the delay was possibly due to sample clearance issues. Chicago-based label, The Numero Group, has made claims that Kanye West and Teyana failed to clear a sample that was implemented on “Issues/Hold On.”

The Kanye-produced track features a cover of Billy Stewart‘s 1965 original “I Do Love You.” The cover’s artist is actually unknown, but the song appeared on The Numero Group’s Boddie Recording Company box set back in 2010. Pitchfork caught up with the record label’s co-founder, Rob Sevier, who has not heard from G.O.O.D. Music regarding the matter.

“Without getting too nuanced, the Boddie Recording Company owns this master, and we represent their interests in such matters. I want to be explicit that while we haven’t actually heard anything from Kanye’s team about this sample, we are in the midst of multiple other clearances and I don’t want to imply that they don’t intend to clear it,” he explained.


During an appearance on Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Teyana admitted that she plans to make several updates to her highly anticipated album by this weekend. “Saturday, Sunday, you’ll hear the complete version of the album. At the end of ‘Issues,’ I had the Sade piece in there. The end of ‘Rose in Harlem,’ I had [Lauryn Hill’s] ‘Lost Ones’ in there, and I was really talking that shit,” she continued. “Once y’all hear the album next week, you’ll see what I’m talking about because it’s way more complete.”

Billboard has reached out to Teyana Taylor and Kanye West’s reps for comment.