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May 26, 2006

Kanye Raps in Court, Makes Judge Blush

"I was in the studio making music to help the world and I had to deal with something like this" ..gotta love Kanye's cockiness.

Copyright infringement trial features brief rap by Kanye West

Kanye West gave an impromptu performance of the 2003 hit "Stand Up" at a copyright infringement trial, causing a judge to blush and drawing a laugh from jurors. During West's testimony on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel asked him to say the first two lines of "Stand Up," the song for which he created the beat and opening two lines before top-selling rapper Ludacris finished it.

West hesitated but finally blurted out a line laced with a harsh profanity that struck the judge as out of place in the dignified Manhattan courtroom. "I'm sorry I asked," the blushing judge said with a chuckle as nearly everyone in the courtroom, including the jurors, laughed out loud. "I think I'm going to withdraw my question..."

West, who has won six Grammy Awards for his two multiplatinum albums, "The College Dropout" and "Late Registration," attracted a steady stream of young spectators to the courtroom to hear his denials of knowledge of the song "Straight Like That," by an East Orange, N.J., group, I.O.F., or It's Only Family...

West said he was in a studio making music when he was told he was a defendant in the lawsuit. "When you played it, it was kind of funny to me," he testified. "I couldn't believe I was in the studio making music to help the world and I had to deal with something like this..."

I kept thinking the title "Straight Like That" was familiar to me, and finally remembered it's also the name of Shabaam Sahdeeq's track dissing all his former Rawkus family, including the swipe at certain "fake-ass bookstore revolutionaries."

Posted by jsmooth995 at May 26, 2006 1:15 AM

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