Add to the list of places you won’t see [artist id=”1230523″]Kanye West[/artist] anytime soon (in addition to London’s Central Saint Martins College ): Miami and Chicago’s courthouses. A lawsuit in which another rapper accused West of stealing the lyrics for “Stronger” was dismissed last week, and while Suge Knight’s lawsuit against Yeezy is reportedly going to be settled.
Virginia rapper Vince P. (a.k.a. Vince Peters) claimed that Kanye West’s hit, from 2007’s Graduation, was a cribbed version of his own song of the same title. Vince P alleged that in November 2006 he played his song for John Monopoly, who at the time was a member of West’s inner circle. West’s legal representatives, Pryor Cashman LLP, requested that the case be dismissed, citing that the songs were not similar enough to warrant copyright infringement. Judge Virginia M. Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois agreed and granted Cashman’s motion to dismiss the case on March 3.
Marion “Suge” Knight’s lawsuit against West stemmed from a shooting in 2005 at a Miami Beach nightclub. The infamous Death Row Records co-founder was shot in the leg at a pre-VMA party held for West at the Shore Club. Knight sued the Chicago rapper, claiming he was ultimately responsible for the suspect security at the venue.
Late last year a Miami judge threw out Knight’s lawsuit, which sought over a million dollars in damages, due to a lack of evidence. Knight still had the option to appeal, but he ultimately decided to stop pursuing the case. There have been reports that an undisclosed settlement between both parties was reached.
“I thought we had a good chance at an appeal, but Suge’s mom was very ill and that weighed heavily with him,” Marc Brumer, Knight’s attorney, told MTV News. “I can’t talk about anything else but the case has been settled.”
West’s civil litigator Adam Josephs of Josephs Jack was unable to comment on the actual settlement but said, “It’s nice to put this matter behind us and move on.”