Hip Hop’s Sermon


Bishop T.D. Jakes is not happy with the song “Holy Ghost” using part of his sermon without his approval.

“Holy Ghost,” Jeezy’s song featuring Kendrick Lamar, begins with passionate words from Jakes – words that came from a February 2013 sermon called “Don’t Let the Chatter Stop You.” According to a post on T.D. Jakes Ministries’ Facebook page, the sermon was sampled in Jeezy’s rap song “without the knowledge or consent” of Jakes, who is the bishop at The Potter’s House.

It appears as if Jakes will take the necessary legal actions to stop the unauthorized use of his intellectual property.  The Dallas Morning News could not find record of a lawsuit filed in federal court. Jakes’ spokesperson wouldn’t comment, saying they stay mum on legal matters.

Lamar’s spokesperson says he isn’t aware of a pending lawsuit. ”I don’t know anything about this,” Ray Alba said last week. We could not reach Def Jam, Jeezy’s label, for comment.

The video for the “Holy Ghost” remix has now been removed from YouTube; the song was also deleted from SoundCloud. It is available on World Star Hip Hop as of Monday morning.

This is a bit of a touchy subject.  Its Hip Hop… no doubt… but its also a message being delivered… albeit Hip Hop.

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