Thu 25 Aug 2011
We’re now three weeks into Jay-Z and Kanye West’s #1 album Watch The Throne, being out, but not everyone is impressed. Legendary Chicago blues and soul singer Syl Johnson claims that the final song on the deluxe edition of the album, “The Joy,” was not cleared properly though him. We first heard the Pete Rock-produced cut last year during Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday series, which uses vocals from Johnson’s 1967 song “Different Strokes.” Apparently, The Numero Group were contacted last summer to use the song for Kanye’s last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. When no agreement was reached and the song didn’t make the album, all seemed to be clear until Syl finally heard The Throne’s new project.
Another twist? Syl Johnson is the father of R&B singer Syleena Johnson. A friend of Kanye’s, she was featured on the hit “All Falls Down” off his debut album, College Dropout in 2004.
via NBC Chicago