Wiz Khalifa Disputes ‘Black And Yellow’ Theft Claim, Sources Say
After news broke that Wiz Khalifa was being sued by a Pennsylvania man claiming that his track was lifted in order to craft the Pittsburgh rap star’s smash hit “Black And Yellow,” sources close to the Rolling Papers rapper say that the claims are simply untrue.
AllHipHop reported on Wednesday (January 4) that songwriter Max Warren, who moonlights as rapper Maxamillion, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in Pennsylvania on December 30, 2011. The suit alleges that Wiz Khalifa and “Black And Yellow” production team Stargate stole Warren’s original concept and track “Pink N Yellow” – stating in the suit he authored the track in 2007. Warren further says that while he was undergoing the process to have his track copyrighted in 2008, Wiz Khalifa took the track and created “Black And Yellow” and several other remixes and spin-off tracks.
Warren is seeking $2.3 million in damages for fraud and deceit, copyright infringement and other charges.
Although Wiz has yet to respond to the suit, TMZ reports that friends close to the rapper say he’s never even heard the “Pink N Yellow” song. “Wiz has never heard of this guy…it’s just a plot that happens all the time to rappers to get money. This is just some no-name rapper who wants to get paid,” said one source.
TMZ contacted Warren’s attorney, who told the site that Wiz is familiar with Warren and that the pair have discussed a settlement although Wiz’s side did not agree to the deal.
Wiz Khalfia’s rep did not offer a comment.
Listen to Maxamillion’s “Pink ‘N Yellow” below. Is his case legit?