Kanye West Sued Over ‘Gold Digger’ Sample

Two people are suing Kanye West for allegedly sampling a 1974 David Pryor song without permission in his 2005 hit 'Gold Digger.'
FILE - In this May 21, 2011 file photo, U.S. singer and rapper Kanye West performs at Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco. West was nominated for seven Grammy Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. The awards will be held on Feb. 12.. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, file)

By// Mariah Craddick

Kanye West’s 2005 smash “Gold Digger” is virtually what put him on the map as a bonafide crossover star but it also put him at risk for some legal drama.  Two people are alleging that he lifted a sample of another song without crediting it for his famous hook: “Get down girl, go ‘head, get down.”

According to, Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor are suing West for supposedly sampling their father David Pryor’s 1974 song “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” by his group Thunder & Lightning. In the song their father, who died in 2006, repeats “get down” three times – apparently echoing Kanye’s hook.

The two each own one-quarter of the song and requested that the judge in the case stop the sale of the song – even though it’s been out for eight years already. They are also asking for “millions of dollars” in damages.

You can hear the song in question below (around :20 second mark). Do you think Kanye sampled it or they’re just digging for gold?