Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace imprint, and Island Def Jam are being sued, and it’s all over 2 Chainz, reports All Hip Hop. Before T*ty Two Necklace became the toast of Hip-Hop, he belonged to the group Playaz Circle, alongside rapper Dolla Boy. Now, an Atlanta man has come forward claiming to own the rights to the Playaz Circle logo.
Torrey Cook filed the suit in the United State District Court of the Northern Division of Atlanta, Thursday (Aug. 30). Cook who worked as a talent consultant, claims that he’s been using the name since 1995. He also alleges to have worked with 2 Chainz and Dolla but never gave them permission to use the name. “Mr. Cook made it very clear all involved, at every juncture, that the name Playaz Circle was trademarked and that it belonged exclusively to him,” reads the suit. “Further Mr. Epps [2 Chainz] and Mr. Conyers [Dolla] confirmed that they understood that the Mark belonged to Mr. Cook.”
Cook claims that he reached a compensation agreement with both labels, but that it was never upheld.
Despite being the alleged root of the issue, neither rapper has been named in the lawsuit. Instead, Cook is going after Luda’s DTP company and the record label giant, which has been leading the game in releases from the likes of Nas, Frank Ocean, and more, this year.
Reps for both parties have not issued a rebuttal to the suit.
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