Televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes is not pleased that part of his sermon was used in a rap remix without his approval.
Jeezy’s song “Holy Ghost” featuring Kendrick Lamar begins with passionate words from Jakes – words that came from a February 2013 sermon called “Don’t Let the Chatter Stop You.” According to a post on T.D. Jakes Ministries’ Facebook page, the sermon was sampled in Jeezy’s rap song “without the knowledge or consent” of Jakes, who is the bishop at a mega-church in Dallas called The Potter’s House.
Jakes wrote on Facebook, “we are taking the necessary legal actions to stop the unauthorized use of T.D. Jakes’ intellectual property.” The Dallas Morning News could not find record of a lawsuit filed in federal court. Jakes’ spokesperson wouldn’t comment, saying they stay mum on legal matters.
Lamar’s spokesperson says he isn’t aware of a pending lawsuit. ”I don’t know anything about this,” Ray Alba said last week. We could not reach Def Jam, Jeezy’s label, for comment.
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