Kendrick Lamar Faces Plagiarism Lawsuit For “Rigamortis”

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Two musicians by the names of Eric Reed and Willie Jones III are suing rapper Kendrick Lamar for allegedly copying their music for his 2011 song “Rigamortis,” TMZ reports.

They claim that the song stemmed from their original work called “The Thorn” in 2010 that features the very same infection rhythm and horns heard in Lamar’s “Rigamortis.”

According to the lawsuit, the rapper simply took their music and added his own lyrics. “‘The Thorn” isn’t merely part of “Rigamortis,'” they said. “IT IS “Rigamortis.'”

This marks the second time Lamar is being accused of plagiarism. Reps for rock band The Alan Parsons Project filed legal papers in July claiming that the rapper used elements of their song “Old and Wise” without consented permission.

Reed and Jones were not credited on “Rigamortis” either, so they are now suing for at least $1 million with all profits and rights to the song.

So we gotta ask… What do YOU think? Listen to both songs below and leave your thoughts in the comments. We want to know!

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