Remember when “Black Panther” and its incredible soundtrack were all the rage back in 2018? Well, unfortunately for some artists, the genius behind the music was too good to be true.
A rock band from Brooklyn called Yeasayer is suing The Weeknd (30) and Kendrick Lamar (32) over the song “Pray for Me,” one that’s still getting a lot of airplay even two years after its release.
The lawsuit’s lawyers claim that The Weeknd and Kendrick modified a sample from a single Yeasayer put out in 2007 called “Sunrise.” They say that the famous duo used a choral performance from “Sunrise” in their hit song, “Pray for Me” off the “Black Panther” soundtrack.
Yeasayer says this chorus is “comprised of male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato.”
Those familiar with “Pray for Me” know exactly which part Yeasayer is talking about. Compare the two for yourself – what do you think?
According to TMZ, Yeasayer is suing for all the profits and damages from “Pray for Me.” They also want to block further sales and radio play of the song.
You might wonder why they’re suing two years after the song in question was released, but fans of Yeasayer noticed the similarity immediately. Complex magazine noted that multiple people called out “Pray for Me” for obviously stealing the sample.
whoever produced that “pray for me” song with the weeknd and kendrick was obviously listening to the first 2 @Yeasayer albums. imo.
— dj bb guns (@bobbiebluewood) April 14, 2018
I hear dat @Yeasayer sample in the Weeknds pray for me 👀👀👀
— Cat (@captainwams) April 27, 2018
Heyo @FrankDukes , did I hear a Yeasayer sample in "Pray For Me" ?
— Maraschino Terry (@guttermagic) March 8, 2018
Interestingly, Yeasayer as a band has broken up. Their pinned tweet on their Twitter page from December 2019 reads:
— Yeasayer (@Yeasayer) December 19, 2019
Still, if I could get millions from a song I made 13 years ago, I’d go for it, too.
The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar have yet to release official responses. Check back soon for more updates on this scandalous story.