Frank Ocean is reportedly being sued over a Mary J. Blige sample used on his Channel Orange track, Super Rich Kids.
This isn’t the first time TufAmerica has targeted a big artist for sampling a song. Last fall, asimilar lawsuit was filed against Jay-Z for his “Run this Town” sampling. In other Ocean news, the Odd Future crooner has also been apparently given the cold shoulder from MCs for being gay. Ocean, who released his highly-praised debut Channel Orange in July 2012, has kept busy by working with the likes of Beyoncé, John Mayer and his Wolfgang crew members Earl Sweatshirt but other hip-hoppers? Not so much.
Auto-Tune king T-Pain revealed that he knew folks who wouldn’t work with Ocean based on his sexuality, before saying that homophobia in hip-hop has acted as a c-block against potential collaborations. “I think the radio is getting more gay-friendly. I don’t think urban music is getting more gay-friendly,” he said in a recent interview with VladTV. “If that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs … I know n***as who will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he’s gay.”