Back in Feb of this year, Beyonce stole a famous recorded line from a dead New Orleans rapper and then sampled it in her song, “Formation,” without permission … according to a new lawsuit.
The estate of Anthony Barré — aka Messy Mya — just filed suit against Bey for allegedly using a small, but memorable, piece from his 2010 video “A 27 Piece Huh?”
Here’s an update on the situation.
THR reports, Beyonce stole a famous recorded line from a dead New Orleans rapper and then sampled it in her song, “Formation,” without permission … according to a new lawsuit…
In a motion to dismiss filed Friday, attorney Mary Ellen Roy argues that the heir has grossly overstated the use of Barre’s work in the “Formation” video and its subsequent use during live performances — including a claim involving Super Bowl 50, during which Beyonce performed the song but did not actually use the clip of his voice.
“Among its many references to New Orleans, the Music Video used a total of approximately ten seconds of audio from two YouTube videos featuring Anthony Barré — also known as ‘Messy Mya’ — walking through the streets of New Orleans speaking to the camera and interacting with others along the way,” writes Roy. “About six seconds of that same audio was played at Beyoncé’s performances of the Song during the ‘Formation World Tour.'”