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There is just one problem with the evocative art for Kendrick Lamar‘s single “The Blacker The Berry,” the second off his critically-acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly — according to photographer Giordano Cipriani, the rapper never got permission to use his photo.
Bossip reports that the photographer has filed a lawsuit against Lamar, Interscope, and Afermath Entertainment via the New York Federal Court. He is alleging that he was never asked about their widespread use of the photo for promotion, nor was he compensated. Cipriani is pursuing an injunction to halt all use of the photo, as well as damages: $150,000 for each time the photo was used, as well as his legal fees.
Lamar’s camp has yet to comment.