Ricky Spicer, the former soul singer of The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, filed a lawsuit on Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City, against Kanye West over unjust enrichment and common law copyright infringement.
The suit states that the Stronger hitmaker ripped off Spicer’s former group’s song Bound for his hit Bound 2, which appears on his Yeezus album. And that Spicer is seeking an unspecified damages for alleged violations of New York civil right of publicity law (section 51). The suit also targets West’s label Roc-A-Fella Records, Universal Music Group, Rhino and Island Def Jam Music Group.
Spicer grew up in the Ohio Boys Town group home and was discovered by Chuck Brown after he sang with friends at a local high school talent competition. He was introduced to The Ponderosa Twins, and the group recorded “Bound” in 1969 when Spicer was about 12-years-old.
The Ponderosa Twins comprised of Spicer, now 56, and two sets of twins, Alvin and Alfred Pelham and Keith and Kirk Gardner. The lawsuit says that Alvin and Alfred Pelham are dead and Keith and Kirk Gardner, who are now imprisoned, have conveyed a power of attorney to Spicer.
According to the 13-page complaint alleges, Spicer’s vocal is heard throughout the chorus of the Yeezus “Bound 2” at least four times. And since Spicer has a copyright on “Bound,” he asks for for all of his accomplishments and and further compensation the court thinks is appropriate.
Compare the two tracks below: