Now, we ain’t sayin’ he a sampler … but David Pryor‘s kids are saying it.
According to TMZ, in the beginning verse of “Gold Digger,” when Kanye West says the line, “Get down, girl, go ‘head, get down,” Pryor, a member of the band Thunder & Lightning from the mid-1970s, is the voice echoing Kanye’s line in the background — “g-g-g-g-get down.”
The songwriter’s two children, Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, say that’s a sample of Thunder & Lightning’s song “Bumpin’ Bus Stop,” which they own the rights to because their late father wrote and sang it in 1974.
Steward and Pryor say they want a judge to stop the same of “Gold Digger” and they want damages. There is no word as to exactly how much they are seeking, but as for stopping the sale of the song — that’s kind of a weird request, since it’s nearly 10 years old.
Check out the videos below and decide for yourself — the “get down” in question in “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” is at the 12-second mark. It appears in the “Gold Digger” video around the 33-second mark.