Kanye West and Ludacris appeared in court yesterday to refute claims made by New Jersey based rap group I.O.F who accuse the two rappers of illegally sampling their 2001 track called “Straight Like That”, and using it on Ludacris’ 2003 hit, “Stand Up”.
At the trial West said that it was not unusual that both songs use the phrase ‘like that’ — “There’s a lot of rap songs that say, ‘like that’, ‘yo what’s up’‘ or ‘throw your hands high’. Whatever people say in the hood, it ends up on records. That’s what hip-hop does.”
Ludacris also told U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel that he never received tapes of the plantiffs song and that he has used the term ‘like that’ on a 1999 track, but prior to being sued, he has never heard the phrase ‘straight like that’.
Christine Lepera who represents both Kanye West and Ludacris asked that the jury dismiss the lawsuit.