Lord Finesse has filed a lawsuit against Mac Miller, Rostrum Records, and Datpiff.com. He’s seeking $10 million for copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number or related state law claims.
In 2010, Mac Miller sampled Lord Finesse’s “Hip 2 Da Game” in “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” which went on to be the song that got Mac Miller national attention.
Court documents filed in Manhattan state that “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.”
Lord Finesse filed the lawsuit after Rostrum Records and DatPiff ignored a cease & desist letter earlier this month.
Mac Miller later went on twitter and responded to the lawsuit.
“I’m supposed to be on hush but lemme speak on this real quick. 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. All I wanted to do is shed light on a generation that inspired me. 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. When I heard there was a problem, I reached out to him to try and solve it. No response. Lord Finesse, thank you for what u did for hip hop. Thank you for bringing my favorite rapper into the game.”
On a plane headed to France. Life goes on.—
Mac Miller (@MacMiller) July 11, 2012
Let’s see if this changes the mixtape game in the future. Young artists are always sampling older songs on mixtapes and releasing them for free to create a buzz for themselves but Lord Finesse believes Mac Miller profited from his instrumental. More details to come.