Hip-Hop Rumors: Frank Ocean Threatened with Lawsuit For “Hotel California” Sample!

It looks like newcomer and Odd Future affiliate Frank Ocean has hit his first musical roadblock. Ocean is reportedly being threatened with legal action by Eagles founder Don Henley for his track “American Wedding”. The track features a samples of “Hotel California”, and if Ocean performs the song live, he will be hit with a major lawsuit.

“Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of hotel california,” revealed Ocean. “He threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s f*ckin awesome.”

Henley’s spokesperson Larry Solters reached out to MTV News to clarify the matter. “Frank Ocean did not merely ‘sample’ a portion of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’; he took the whole master track, plus the song’s existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own,” he said in a written statement. “This is not creative, let alone ‘intimidating.’ It’s illegal.”

The sample was never officially cleared and the project was never commercially released. The song appears Ocean’s 2011 free debut, Nostalgia, Ultra.

On his Tumblr, Ocean spoke about the matter further.

“Sh–‘s weird. Ain’t this guy rich as f—? Why sue the new guy,” he wrote. “I didn’t make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything I’m paying homage.”

I guess we can forget about seeing Frank Ocean perform this song at Coachella! Oh well! Ocean is working on his first Def Jam release and will appear on Odd Future’s compilation, The OF Tape Vol. 2, due March 20.

Source: MTV

  • mariorich

    That American Wedding song is Incredible, I recommend it to anyone that hasn’t yet heard it

  • Brian Andrew Smith

    How many times to i have to post on here correcting you guys?  This is not a rumor.  This has been all over, not just hip hop blogs, but every music blog and many news outlets for the past 48 hours.  Sydney Lace, you need to step your game up.  Bring back illseed.  

  • rep87

    Someone at your label need to do there homework when it comes to sampling someone else work

    • therealjjohnson

      it was for a free mix tape. if it was on an official album you can bet Def Jam would have cleared the sample. 

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  • aokot5

    Allhiphop rumors is wack now posting general news 24 hours after it has hit the media and calling it rumors SMH, I say we begin a petition to bring illseed back!

    • Brian Andrew Smith

      ive been saying that on every “rumor” for a minute now.

  • This site done went to shit. It’s not even close to what it used to be. What u expect though, Hip Hop is a shell of what it was.

  • Guest

    It don’t matter if you a new artis or his rich as fuck,you have to pay for those samples and people around you shld know that.


    get that check book out?????? he no what it is??????

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  • D_Ably

    ‘intimidated’? son, you stole his work without asking. Are all these young rappers a bunch of retarded knobs or what? The only thing odd about these fuckers is their mothers for having them.

  • Technically it is no different then these rappers now days rapping over other cats beats.  He is not making money off the song at all.You see examples of this on every mixtape you listen too.

  • D

    When Illseed was here son couldn’t catch a break..
    now he’s gone cats wanna burn down the village.. 

    Damn .. Ilseed.. wherever you at.. maintain son.. forget AHH do you.