News: T.I. Reportedly Sued Over Grammy-Winning Song

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 11:00AM

Written by Biz Jones

Grand Hustle Records' Clifford "T.I." Harris is reportedly being sued over copyright infringement related to his 2006 Grammy-winning track, "What You Know."

According to reports, the song was illegally conceptualized from rapper Motoe Blizzid.

T.I. is being sued by rapper Motoe Blizzid, real name Nathan Filby, for Copyright Infringement. According to the lawsuit, T.I.'s 2006 Grammy-award winning song "What You Know" uses substantial portions of Filby's 2004 track entitled Reverence. Filby says the evidence is irrefutable from the "same rate of harmonic range" of the sounds to their "virtually identical core harmonic progression of descending 4ths" and "nearly identical instrumental melodic lines in terms of pitch, shape, and rhythm." (Dime Wars)

Despite the claims, a specific amount in damages has not yet been revealed.

Filby, who has performed with Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, is requesting a jury trial against TI, real name Clifford Harris, Jr. He's seeking damages and profits derived from the song. TI is currently in a halfway house near his home in Atlanta, Georgia after serving time behind bars for weapons possession. (Yahoo News)

Producer Jim Jonsin recently confirmed T.I. is working on a new album.

"It doesn't seem like he missed a beat," Jonsin said in an interview. "He was so upbeat, his spirits were up, and he's excited to be out and working. He hasn't changed, he sounded exactly like he did when I talked to him months before he went in. He's back in the studio. I sent him some music via email. He can work during the week and not on the weekend, I believe. He's definitely working on an album for this year right now." (Rap-Up)

Producer Swizz Beatz is also working with T.I. for new music.

"[T.I.] that's the homie. I don't have nothing for him yet. His mind and his thought pattern before he went [to jail] is gonna be different from when he gets out. That man has been in the penitentiary at a time that was the height of his career -- he might come out and not wanna use curses no more. He might come out and use more curses. I don't know. I can't create the sound for Tip that's based on 'Swing Ya Rag' and 'Bring Em Out' and all these things we've done unless it's his plan. He's gotta come out, [I] sit down with him, chill how we chill. I gotta do a couple of records with him. I can't be the first thing coming out." (MTV)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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