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Posted at 4:56 PM ET, 07/ 6/2010

Va. rapper says Kanye stole 'Stronger'

By Washington Post editors

Vincent Peters, a rap artist who lists Leesburg as his mailing address in court papers, is suing rapper Kanye West, according to the Loudoun Independent.

In court documents filed June 25 in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois, Peters says he wrote and recorded a song in 2006 called "Stronger" that ended up in the hands of West's business manager. Seven months later West released his own song called "Stronger."

Peters alleges that the hook of West's song is similar to his song:

Peters’ “Stronger”

What don’t kill me make me stronger

The more I blow up the more you wronger

You coped my CD you can feel my hunger

The wait is over couldn’t wait no longer

West’s “Stronger”

N- n- now th- that don’t kill me can only make me stronger

I need you to hurry up now cause I can’t wait much longer

I know I got to be right now cause I can’t get much wronger

Man I’ve been waitin’ all night now that’s how long I’ve been on you

Peters' lawsuit is demanding that West, as well as the recording companies of Roc-a-Fella Records LLC and UMG Recordings Inc., stop performing, reproducing and selling West’s “Stronger.” Peters is also asking for an unspecified amount of money.

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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