MC Hammer vs. Rick James

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.’t_Touch_This

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

  1. Kyle G.

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

  2. George

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

    Safura – “Drip Drop”:

    Plagiarism or not…?

  3. George

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

    1. Kyle

      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”

  4. Travis

    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

    nelly furtado: do it(produced by timbaland)


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