Bishop-TD-JakesModern day musicians know that you need to clear all samples with the original artist before putting it on a track. Well, you can add pastor’s sermons to that category as well. Rappers Young Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar recently dropped a remix called “Holy Ghost,” but Bishop T.D. Jakes says they used his sermon without authorization.

The Root reported:

Bishop T.D. Jakes says he never gave the rappers permission to use his sound bite, and he plans on taking legal action. Earlier this week, Jakes posted the following message to his Facebook page:

SPECIAL NOTICE: The “Holy Ghost” remix by Jeezy featuring Kendrick Lamar was produced without the knowledge or consent of T.D. Jakes, TDJ Enterprises, Dexterity Music or its associated companies. We are taking the necessary legal actions to stop the unauthorized use of T.D. Jakes’ intellectual property.

In the remix Jakes is heard saying the following:

To tell myself, I’m still on fire. I’m under attack, but I’m still on fire. I got some chatter, but I’m still on fire. I got some threat, but I’m still on fire. I got some liabilities, but I’m still on fire. If it’s not amazing that I’m on fire. I’ve been to hell and back, but I’m still on fire.

Neither Young Jeezy nor Lamar has yet responded to the allegations. Ironically, “Holy Ghost” has been on the top of the rap charts since its release.

It seems this drama could have been avoided with a simple phone call requesting permission to use Jakes’s sermon. It’s unclear why that wasn’t done or why the song producers would think they could just use Jakes’ voice and sermon like he wouldn’t find out. I’m pretty sure Jakes keeps one ear to the street, or at least he has people who do and would recognize his voice on hip hop songs. Now, Lamar and Young Jeezy have to take the heat.

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  • jess

    Yes, it’s clear that Pastor Jakes has ears and eyes in place to protect his messages.
    AND I do think that the reason they did NOT reach out to Pastor Jakes is because he would have said no to the feature with Young Jeezy.

  • Pam

    I have to agree with Jeff Johnson’s commentary on Rickey Smiley’s show in that this is an opportunity for Bishop Jakes to speak with the Rappers and bridge a gap that is further widening. I have a 22 year old son who is very heavily into rap (and computers) and feels that there is a distinct disconnect between his generation and the generation before his. He feels that they are not listened to nor heard (there is a difference) and that breeds contempt and indifference. As much as we need to reach these young folk, the last thing Jakes should do is further isolate young folk and the people that they listen to. OAN: I listened to the song and Jakes needs to do the same.

  • bs

    so when is Ted dexter going to pay Paul for intellectual property, this man avarice knows no bounds. Did Jesus not say freely give, what you have freely received?

    This is another sign that the mega church pimps are more interested in a pay day rather than spreading a message.

    All these deceived women with TD Jakes should look at themselves in the mirror, but yet again they have itchy ears.

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