Modern day musicians know that you need to clear all samples with the original artist before putting it on a track. Well, you can add pastor’s sermons to that category as well. Rappers Young Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar recently dropped a remix called “Holy Ghost,” but Bishop T.D. Jakes says they used his sermon without authorization.
Bishop T.D. Jakes says he never gave the rappers permission to use his sound bite, and he plans on taking legal action. Earlier this week, Jakes posted the following message to his Facebook page:
SPECIAL NOTICE: The “Holy Ghost” remix by Jeezy featuring Kendrick Lamar was produced without the knowledge or consent of T.D. Jakes, TDJ Enterprises, Dexterity Music or its associated companies. We are taking the necessary legal actions to stop the unauthorized use of T.D. Jakes’ intellectual property.
In the remix Jakes is heard saying the following:
To tell myself, I’m still on fire. I’m under attack, but I’m still on fire. I got some chatter, but I’m still on fire. I got some threat, but I’m still on fire. I got some liabilities, but I’m still on fire. If it’s not amazing that I’m on fire. I’ve been to hell and back, but I’m still on fire.
Neither Young Jeezy nor Lamar has yet responded to the allegations. Ironically, “Holy Ghost” has been on the top of the rap charts since its release.
It seems this drama could have been avoided with a simple phone call requesting permission to use Jakes’s sermon. It’s unclear why that wasn’t done or why the song producers would think they could just use Jakes’ voice and sermon like he wouldn’t find out. I’m pretty sure Jakes keeps one ear to the street, or at least he has people who do and would recognize his voice on hip hop songs. Now, Lamar and Young Jeezy have to take the heat.