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Berlin label 'Pan' say Kanye West sampled their song without permission


Berlin label Pan are looking into legal action against Kanye West after claiming the American rapper sampled their song without permission on his new album Ye. 

The experimental German label pointed out on Twitter that the track ‘Fr3sh’ taken from the record includes samples by Kareem Lotfy from mono no aware. Pan claim the samples are taken from a compilation album issued by the record label last year.

“It’s sadly another case of an artist who capitalizes on culture without any original ideas and because culture trickles up, this means we are all basically working for him,” label boss Bill Kouligas told Pitchfork. “Everything leads to him, he’s the ultimate narcissist.”

Kouligas also confirmed that the label will be looking into legal action.

The news comes after Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker explained how Kanye all used some of his samples on the Ye but failed to confirm usage. Instead, Parker heard the music he shared with Kanye for the first time when the album was released.

“Holy shit!,” Parker said in reaction to finding out his samples have been used on West’s new record.

“That’s such weird timing! I had this weird premonition of this exact scenario,” he added while in conversation with Linda Marigliano from Australian radio station triple J.

“I was like, ‘Oh, he obviously hasn’t used it’. I hadn’t heard anything back and wasn’t invited [to Wyoming] – that doesn’t bode well.”