News: Lil Wayne & Baby Sued Over "Like Father, Like Son" Recordings

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Cash Money Records' Lil Wayne and Baby have reportedly been sued over copyright issues related to their 2006 joint album, Like Father, Like Son, over the usage of unauthorized tracks.

The lawsuit was filed in a New York court room Friday (October 30).

A Florida man wants rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman to show him respect -- for using his voice in an album track called just that. Thomas Marasciullo filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court against the rappers, their record label and various music distribution outlets. The lawsuit said Cash Money Records had him cut some "'Italian-styled' spoken word recordings" in 2006, then used them without pay or permission on "Respect" and other tracks from the rappers' joint 2006 album. (Associated Press)

Further details on the tracks' album placement have also been revealed.

The lawsuit says Marasciullo's recordings were used in four tracks on that album and five on 5 (Star) Stunna. It seeks unspecified damages for Marasciullo, who lives in Florida's Hernando County. He and his New York lawyer didn't immediately return telephone calls. Marasciullo discovered his work had been used when his daughter discovered his "Respect" while trying buy a ring-tone version of the Aretha Franklin classic by the same name, the lawsuit said. His son also became entangled in the case when he was fired from a recording engineer job at Cash Money Records after the father started demanding payment, according to the lawsuit. (Star Pulse)

The duo's album featured 20 tracks with production from hit makers including Scott Storch.

Production comes primarily from TMIX -- the UGK-sampling "1st Key" is his masterwork -- although Scott Storch stops by for the so-so "You Ain't Know," a great argument the beat-maker is spread too thin in his prolific 2006. The mix of familiar and strange is fascinating, the team-up feels like family, and at 20 tracks long, the album doesn't wear out its welcome. There's probably too much get money/stack-paper for those who want Wayne to speak on the injustices New Orleans has suffered post-Katrina, or to get to work on Tha Carter 3, but that's not what Like Father, Like Son is about. This is the sure sound of Cash Money steadying the ship and getting back on course. (All Music)

Weezy was previously sued for a song on his Tha Carter III record.

A lawsuit filed last year against Lil Wayne accuses him of copyright infringement for failing to get permission to sample folk singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel's song "Once" in his track "I Feel Like Dying." The song isn't a track on any of Lil Wayne's records, but he allegedly sings it in concert and has allowed fans to download it for free on his Web site. (WXVT News)

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