News: M.O.P. Tell The WWE & John Cena To "Ante Up," Sue For 150K
Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 5:00PM
Hip-Hop group M.O.P
have filed a lawsuit against the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and wrestler John Cena
for $150,000 claiming his theme song "Time Is Now" samples one of their tracks.
According to TMZ, Lil' Fame and Billy Danze
allege the organization had unauthorized permission to use elements of
their 2000 smash hit "Ante Up" and used a receptionist to sign off on
the license. While not sampling the entire piece, M.O.P claim a
distinct phrase is unlawfully used in Cena's theme song.
Infringing Work includes a distinctive 'freestyle' rap -- 'BRRR Abado'
that has been sampled from the Infringed Work and is clearly repeated
three times in the Infringing Work, at the introduction, the second
chorus, and the third chorus," the lawsuit reads. "Upon information and
belief, in or about April, 2005, defendants, WWE and Cena commenced
using the Infringing Work as defendant Cena's 'theme' and licensed the
Infringing Work to various third parties including SONY, among others."
appeared on multiple retail products including the WWE's soundtrack
series, the group are requesting substantial damages to be rewarded and
that the unauthorized song be destroyed.
is further entitled to recover from the defendants the damages
sustained by plaintiff as a result of defendants' acts of copyright
infringement," it reads. "Plaintiff is at present unable to ascertain
the full extent of the monetary damage plaintiff has suffered by reason
of defendants' acts of copyright infringement but believes such damages
Cena is known for rapping and freestyling to the ring during WWE matches and also released his debut hip-hop album You Can't See Me via Columbia and WWE Records. The 17-track disc features Bumpy Knuckles and Esoteric plus producers Chaos, Eligh, Freakas and Jake One.