Kanye West Is Being Sued By Texas Pastor For Sampling Sermon On ‘Donda’

Kanye West could be heading to court very soon. 

The rapper is being sued by a Texas pastor, Bishop David Paul Moten,  for sampling his sermon on the song “Come to Life,” on Donda. 

Bishop Moten has also filed a lawsuit against UMG Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, and G.O.O.D Music, claiming that West sampled his sermon without his permission. He is currently seeking damages from all four parties involved. 

According to the court documents obtained by TMZ, “Moten claims his sermon is used for 70 seconds of the 5-minute, 10-second track… which is more than 20 percent of the song.” 

It went on to say, “Moten says his voice and sermon are used in the song intro and looped throughout the song… and he says it’s the latest example of Kanye and the music industry willfully and egregiously sampling sound recordings of others without consent or permission.” 

This isn’t the first time that Kanye West was hit with lawsuits similar to this one. In November 2020, he was sued for $1 million for unpaid wages in a class-action lawsuit by performers in his Nebuchadnezzar live opera.

In February 2021, West was sued by performers and crew members from his Sunday Service choir. They filed a class-action lawsuit worth $30 million for unpaid wages against the rapper.