Jay-Z and his collaborator Kanye West could breathe a sigh of relief for now. The rappers have reached a settlement of a federal lawsuit concerning their song "The Joy" which was in their 2011 joint album "Watch the Throne".
Jay-Z and Kanye were sued last October by blues singer Syl Johnson who claimed they used unauthorized sample of his song "Different Strokes" in "The Joy". Johnson said that Kanye had tried to clear the copyright for his solo album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" but could not get it done in time. Thus Johnson launched a lawsuit when it eventually appeared in "Watch the Throne".
However, the lawsuit has been dismissed in Illinois federal court this week because both parties have reached an agreement which was not disclosed.