Action Bronson in Hot Water for Unauthorized Salsa Samples
Action Bronson has long incorporated his love for Latin music into his own, but it seems doing so is coming back to bite him: It was reported the rapper is being sued for sampling salsa legends El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico without permission.
On his 2011 mixtape Blue Chips, the tracks "Mofongo" and "Tapas" feature samples of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico songs "Falsaria" and "Trampolin." It's not clear by whom Action Bronson is being sued, but the original songs' rights are owned by Cartagena Enterprises.
The lawsuit filers claim that Action Bronson has admitted previously to using the samples, and they are seeking damages and want the songs to stop being distributed, which includes their presence on streaming services. It is not yet clear what dollar amount would constitute the damages.
Pitchfork reached out to Action Bronson's representatives this morning and were told that the rapper is not commenting on the matter at this time. Check out the two Action Bronson songs under scrutiny, "Mofongo" and "Tapas," below.