'70s Boy-Band Singer Suing Kanye West

Ricky Spicer says 'Bound' vocals were unlawfully used in 'Bound 2'

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2013 10:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Kanye West is getting sued over his last video, and not for our national pain and suffering. Rather, behind the legal action is a man less than favorably described by Page Six as a "forgotten boy-band singer from the 1970s" and a "12-year-old Michael Jackson wannabe." Ricky Spicer, lead vocalist for the group the Ponderosa Twins Plus One, says West and label Roc-A-Fella Records illegally used his vocals from 1971's "Bound" on West's "Bound 2." What Spicer wants, per papers filed yesterday: for the label to cease using the song, and for compensation. Listen to "Bound" here, and "Bound 2" here. (Or there's this spoof here.)

In this May 23, 2012 file photo, singer Kanye West arrives for the screening of "Cruel Summer" at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
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