Bloomberg Law
Aug. 24, 2020, 2:26 PM

Kendrick Lamar Sued for Copyright Infringement Over ‘Loyalty’

Blake Brittain
Blake Brittain

Musician Terrance Hayes sued rapper Kendrick Lamar in Los Angeles federal court for allegedly ripping off Hayes’ song “Loyalty” in his song of the same name.

Hayes told the court Friday that he recorded his “Loyalty” in 2011 with Josef Leimberg. Hayes says he has collaborated with Leimberg for over eight years, and that he “kept his music catalogue and all of his recording sessions at Leimberg’s studio on Leimberg’s computer.”

According to the complaint, Leimberg collaborated with Terrace Martin on the production of Lamar’s 2014 album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The complaint says Martin had access to Hayes’ song ...