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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis accused of some thrifty song theft

By | Published on Tuesday 2 May 2017

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore and that there Ryan Lewis are the latest to be hit with a song-theft lawsuit, according to TMZ. The duo are seemingly accused by jazz musician Paul Batiste of nabbing elements of two of his songs for their 2012 track ‘Thrift Shop’.

Batiste says that ‘Thrift Shop’ took beats and horn melodies from his songs ‘Hip Jazz’ and ‘World Of Blues’, which date from 1997 and 2000 respectively. He is seeking a share of the profits generated by the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit, while making similar allegations over another of the duo’s tracks from the same album, ‘Neon Cathedral’.

The jazz musician is no stranger to litigation of this kind. He sued T-Pain, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Pitbull and a bunch of labels in 2013 also claiming uncleared sampling and the lifting of elements of his songs by the accused.



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