MC Hammer vs. Rick James

March 13th, 2012 by

Submitted by Gretch, who’s been bothered for the last 20 years by it.

STOP! Hammer Time!

Normally I don’t include sampled music on the site but according to Wikipedia Rick James was not originally credited:

Rick James sued Hammer for infringement of copyright, as the song basically consists of the prominent opening riff of “Super Freak”, which is constantly repeated throughout. The suit was settled out of court when Hammer agreed to credit James as co-composer, effectively cutting James in on the millions of dollars the record was earning. James was accordingly credited as a co-author.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Can’t_Touch_This

Rick James - "Super Freak" (1981)
MC Hammer - "U Can't Touch This" (1990)
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15 Responses to “MC Hammer vs. Rick James”

  1. avatar Kyle G. says:

    Pardon my surprise, but how was this not on here a long time ago? this is one of the most obvious ones ha

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    Keith Reply:

    :P
    Can’t get ‘em all!!!

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    John Reply:

    Uh, duh, maybe because the song is looped from Rick James. It’s not a secret.

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  2. avatar Travis says:

    check the following

    pj harvey:that was my veil(1996)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWZwWaz4HvU#t=035

    amaral: te necesito(2002 i think)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSz8KD4WfGs#t=0m54s

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  3. avatar Travis says:

    iron maiden: don’t look to the eyes of a stranger(1998)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFHD28p-yDw

    nirvana: heart shaped box(1993)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJr-iFh1OZk

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    Keith Reply:

    This is excellent!

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    Travis Reply:

    think i found another one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDhV5OTsnzY

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  4. avatar Travis says:

    jennifer hanson: beautiful goodbye(2002 i think)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfeLF6j1kWU

    sheryl crow: my favorite mistake(1998)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmIlUKo4dQc

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  5. avatar George says:

    MADONNA’s new song from MDNA “Masterpiece” (2012):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9miaO8q1VI

    Safura – “Drip Drop”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU1O65r6z-g

    Plagiarism or not…?

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks George…
    Which parts are you specifically referring to in these tracks?

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  6. avatar George says:

    Masterpiece –> 0:47-1:07
    Drip Drop –> 0:05-0:23
    I forgot to notice that Drip Drop was released in 2010.

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    Kyle Reply:

    Regardless of whether or not it is, it’s pretty funny when you go to 0:47 on the Madonna video, and one of the lyrics is “like a thief in the night”

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    Keith Reply:

    It IS pretty close

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  7. avatar Travis says:

    while on sampled music…heres one that was used without permission and im pretty sure timbaland had to pay up for this

    tempest: acid jazz evening

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtUVC11ba4g

    nelly furtado: do it(produced by timbaland)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grySpwpHFTg

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks Travis! This is definitely worthy of a post!

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