Semenya rages at Jay-Z, Kanye

2011-08-06 15:39

Legendary singer Caiphus Semenya is hopping mad with American rap kings Kanye West and Jay-Z.

The two superstars have used his song, Murder to Excellence, for their latest album, Watch the Throne.

West and Jay-Z are about to release their most talked about album, which has been in the works since last year.

Semenya worked on the song with US producer and composer Quincy Jones.

And the Nomalanga singer said he “was not aware” the two had used his song as it was the “first time he’d heard of it” when City Press contacted him.

“I know nothing about this. They didn’t even go through my publisher to get permission to use the song,” said Semenya.

“I don’t even know which song they used.”

Semenya, who has worked on numerous songs with Jones, would have spotted his name next week in Murder to Excellence’s credits.

The song, for which he and Jones are credited, was produced by Swizz Beatz.

Sounding irritated, Semenya said he had worked on many songs with Jones but no one had contacted him to inform him that the song was being sampled by the two rappers.

“Being credited doesn’t mean anything to me, they are not doing me a favour. All they should have done is go through the right channels, and tried to get hold of me to ask for permission,” he said.

“This is not an honour at all, they can’t just do this. This is my work and I should have heard what they are doing with the song and then given them the go ahead if I liked what they were doing.”

Gallo publisher Mike Nswarathle, who handles Semenya’s music rights, was also in the dark about the two rappers using his music.

“It’s difficult for us to say what we will do at this point. We are still trying to establish which song was sampled and whether it is any of those that were recorded in South Africa or when he was abroad,” he said.

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