A New York lawyer and jazz musician, Abdul Wali Muhammad, has sued Chance the Rapper for copyright infringement.
Abdul Wali Muhammad (the Plaintiff) alleged that Chance the Rapper stole his music “Bridge Through Time” which was composed and copyright registered on May 21, 1979. The Plaintiff claims that Chance the Rapper sampled “Bridge Through Time” without his permission in the track “Windows” from Chance’s debut 2012 mixtape 10 Day.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Lonnie Liston Smith recorded “Bridge Through Time” in 1980 and released it on Columbia Records. His version of the song has been sampled by at least 13 artists.
The Plaintiff has asked a federal judge to order Chance the Rapper to stop selling and performing “Windows.”
The rapper has not commented on the suit.