A Virginia rapper is suing Kanye West, claiming the hip-hop superstar stole his smash hit “Stronger” from him.
According to the Loudoun Independent, Vincent Peters filed a lawsuit against West in U.S. District Court in Illinois in late June, claiming that ‘Ye stole the song in question after he submitted it to West’s business manager.
Peters, who goes by the rap moniker Vince P, says he wrote and recorded a song in 2006 also called “Stronger”, which ended up in the hands of West. Seven months later, he says West released his own version of the same song.
Peters offers an example of both songs’ similarities, including the hook:
Peters’ “Stronger”: What don’t kill me make me stronger / The more I blow up the more you wronger / You coped my CD you can feel my hunger / The wait is over couldn’t wait no longer
West’s “Stronger”: N- n- now th- that don’t kill me can only make me stronger / I need you to hurry up now cause I can’t wait much longer / I know I got to be right now cause I can’t get much wronger / Man I’ve been waitin’ all night now that’s how long I’ve been on you
In the lawsuit, Peters is demanding that West, as well as his record labels, cease production, sales and performances of “Stronger” … and is seeking an unspecified amount of money.
It’s unclear why he chose to file suit against West now, when the song was released three years earlier.