News: Lord Finesse Sues Mac Miller For $10 Million
Who knew Kool-Aid & frozen pizza could end up costing $10 million? 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 of related state law claims.
In 2010, an 18 year old Mac Miller sampled Lord Finesse’s “Hip 2 Da Game” in “Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza.” The track went on to appear on Mac Miller’s popular K.I.D.S. mixtape.
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.”
A lot of young rappers usually rap over classic instrumentals in order to generate a fanbase. They release the music for free and usually avoid legal troubles since they don’t directly profit from the song. But Lord Finesse isn’t buying it. He believes Mac directly profited from his instrumental.
“The mix tape was released on DatPiff in August 2010, has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and has been streamed more than 450,000 times,” the suit explains.
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.”
It’ll be interesting to see where this case goes as this could possibly change the mixtape landscape forever.