You’re a psychic if you saw this one coming. Renowned Bronx rapper/producer Lord Finesse is suing Mac Miller for $10 million. The “Return of the Funky Man” rapper’s lawsuit alleges that Miller’s song, “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza (The Kool Aid Song),” used Finesse’s “Hip 2 The Game” instrumental without his permission, reports Courthouse News.
“This is a case about a teenage rapper- Mac Miller- copying the music from a song written, produced and performed by Lord Finesse, a hip hop legend, changing the title and then distributing it under his own name in order to launch his music career,” reads the complaint.
The Pittsburgh rapper’s label Rostrum Records and mixtape download site Datpiff.com were also named in the suit. According to Finesse (born Robert Hall), the lawsuit was filed after failing to get a response from DatPiff, Rostrum and Miller after sending them cease and desist letters.
The $10 million lawsuit alleges copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number of related state law claims.
If you are thinking that this might be case of Finesse’s handlers filing the suit without his knowledge, you’re wrong. The Diggin’ In The Crate’s crew legend stands by his actions and took to Twitter to comment on this turn of events. “This case is about the overall picture.. If you’re just looking at “one” point.. It’s about so much more
#look deeper..,” was one of the many tweets Finesse has sent out commenting on the lawsuit while adamantly denying it is some sort of publicity stunt.
Mac Miller responded on Twitter as well. “I’m supposed to be on hush but lemme speak on this real quick,” began Miller. “1. I made that record and video as nothing more than an 18 year old kid who wanted to rhyme and pay homage, no other intentions. 2. Finesse and I spoke on the phone for an hour after he heard the record and cleared the air. We even planned to work on music together. 3. All I wanted to do is shed light on a generation that inspired me. 4. When I heard there was a problem, I reached out to him to try and solve it. No response. 5. Finesse never cleared the Oscar Peterson sample on the original record. I did nothing wrong. We spoke on the phone had a good conversation, he was cool with the record. It’s all love tho. I ain’t even mad at dude. He still a legend.”
The question here seems to be, if Miller’s “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” helped launch what is now a profitable rap career, does Finesse deserve a cut (and how much?) since it did use his music? Bust as Miller points out, the original sample wasn’t even cleared.
It’s a shame this couldn’t have been worked out amicably, without getting lawyers involved.
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