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According to a “legendary” New Orleans jazz musician, Paul Batiste, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ breakthrough hit “Thrift Shop” wasn’t an original.

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Claiming that the Macklemore track’s beat and horn melodies come from his songs, which were recorded back in 1997 and 2000, Paul Batiste says “Thrift Shop” borrows heavily from 2 of his songs – “Hip Jazz” and “World of Blues.”

Further describing himself as a founding member of The Batiste Brothers Band, and a “major influence” of the current NOLA jazz scene, he is also suing over “Neon Cathedral” – claiming the duo lifted from 3 of his other songs.

Its obvious how strongly he wants his share of the duo’s profit.

Written by Clement Oluwasegun

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