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Then Throne came out with a liner note indicating that Numero had cleared the use of "Different Strokes" which in a blog post—since deleted—they indicated that a) no they didn't, and b) they don't own Johnson's publishing and therefore don't have the power to clear samples of Johnson's material. Word's getting around today that Johnson's taking Jay and Ye to court.
I'm personally a huge fan of Throne, and of sampling culture in general, but it's hard to see Johnson as being anything but the wronged party here. He's no intellectual property troll, and the money from clearing samples—or, commonly, suing samplers after the fact—is for a lot of musicians of his generation and level of popularity really the only way to make money from their music.
I reached out to Numero for a comment but they're staying silent on the matter for now. If you want to hear their views on the illicit sampling of their catalog you can check out this post from last month that takes Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, and a number of other currently hot rappers to task for doing so.