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September 22, 2005

Kanye West Swipes Shirley Bassey's Diamonds Are Forever

I have mild curiosity about how it sounds, because really, DAF was one of the worst Bond themes. That British tosser did a much better job sampling a much better theme, Nancy Sinatra's haunting You Only Live Twice.

But here's where I don't get. In the old, old days, black rappers could swipe hooklines and such with abandon, because WPWL (white people with lawyers) weren't listening. Now rap is the country's biggest or second-biggest genre of music, and we've seen rappers sued for unauthorized sampling. Vanilla Ice, of course, got nailed bigtime for his complete swipe of the hook from Under Pressure. (Note to Oliver Willis: He's white and not especially articulate.)

So, in 2005, what the hell is this idiot Kanye West doing stealing from Shirley Bassey without so much as contacting her lawyer beforehand?

Is he dumber than I thought?

I just think it's sort of funny that Kanye West hasn't heard of the various lawsuits, Rolling Stones suing the Verve Pipe, all the others.

Kanye West

He doesn't care about white people. Or about the Man's oppressive rules about "intellectual property rights" and "copyright infringement." Those are just white-people code for "a new slavery."

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posted by Ace at 11:28 AM

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