Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean have all been hailed as creative forces time and again. But now a New York-based musician is claiming that the three copied his work for their song “Made in America.”
Joel McDonald, a New York-based musician who records under the name Joel Mac, has brought a copyright infringement suit against the three music stars, claiming that they jacked his song “Made in America” for theirs of the same name on 2011’s Watch the Throne, according to Hip-Hop Wired. In turn, he’s reportedly seeking $3 million in damages.
In 2012, Jay and ’Ye settled a lawsuit that alleged they failed to clear a sample for “The Joy,” also off Watch the Throne.
Joel Mac’s version is included on his 2009 album Songs. You can listen to that below, followed by Hov, Yeezy and Frank’s.