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Rapper Claims Jay-Z, Kanye and Frankie Ocean Ripped Off His Song in Court

November 6, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A rapper is accusing hip-hop impresario Jay Z and superstars Kanye West and Frank Ocean of copying a song he had recorded while he was peddling his CDs outside their hotel.

In a new federal lawsuit, recording artist Joel Mac claims that producer Mike Dean purchased one of his albums off the street a few years back, around the same time the three legends recorded “Made in America,” according to TMZ.

Dean produced the 2011 album “Watch the Throne,” which features the song.

Mac says he was hustling his CDs right outside Soho’s Mercer Hotel, where part of the album was recorded.

The court documents state that Mac is suing for a portion of profits from the song. He filed a similar suit in New York state court a few months ago.

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