• Soul legend and plaintiff Syl Johnson

Back in October local soul legend Syl Johnson sued Kanye West and Jay-Z for what he claimed was an uncleared sample of his song “Different Strokes”—a song that would surely be one of the charter inductees into the Uncleared Sample Hall of Fame if there were such a thing—on the Watch the Throne track “The Joy.” Hot on the heels of the incredibly successful Throne tour, the pair have revealed their defense strategy.