News: Lil Wayne Sued For $500K Over "Lollipop" Song
Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 10:15AM
Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne is reportedly being sued by producer Jim Jonsin who claims he was never compensated for his work on the smash hit, "Lollipop."
According to Jonsin, he has yet to be paid for his contribution to the Carter III .
The producer of Lil Wayne's hit "Lollipop" is suing the rapper for $500,000 over the track. Weezy is currently serving a prison sentence for gun possession but that still hasn't stopped him getting into trouble. Jim Jonsin claims he hasn't earned any money from the smash single - which was released back in 2008 and went to number one in the US. Jonsin produced Lollipop and is credited as a co-writer. (MTV UK)
Jonsin also pointed out that the Carter III track has made millions in profits.
On behalf of himself and his company, Rebel Rock Productions, Jim Jonsin, whose real name is James Scheffer, sued Young Money Entertainment in Manhattan Federal Court. Scheffer says "Lollipop" has garnered more than 4 million downloads and more than $4 million in ringtone sales. Scheffer says the rapper promised semi-annual accounting statements, but skipped the statements due in December 2008 and June 2009. When it did provide them, the statements "grossly underreported the monies due plaintiff and were not accompanied by any payment," Scheffer says. (Court House News)
Speaking with DJ Bay Bay last year, Carter III producers Play-N-Skills said they don't blame Wayne for late payments.
"First off, shout-out to Wayne and everybody because it's really kinda a misunderstanding," they explained. "There is no lawsuit as we speak, we working everything out. But the whole thing is we had not been compensated for it right now, we haven't been paid but sometimes it takes time for paperwork to be done...The music business right now just don't like to pay nobody...The Carter III has received lawsuits, prior to us there was another sample issue, there was another producer that jumped up and it's kinda not fair to Wayne at the same time. And I'm not saying trying to take his side because homie's doing his thing. I'm sure Wayne and them got their money up front but I ain't got mine. It's close to four million records, it's one of the biggest selling albums in a long time. I just wanna get a little bit." (K104)
Last September, the duo said their issues with getting paid were nearly resolved.
"It's not officially settled, but I'm going to say we took massive steps forward to get everything resolved," they revealed in an interview. "There was never really a lawsuit, I don't know where that one really [went] left field. We were never officially suing Lil Wayne and Young Money and Cash Money, it was just we were at a producer conference and we were giving advice to young producers and I'ma say it again. Sometimes, you gotta just jump out into the water without a life vest and just go and do what you gotta do to survive. And that's what we did, we had the opportunity to be on an album like Carter 3, we'll arrange it later on, we gonna get it fixed. We handle all the paper work, that's not the case like we didn't handle our business, it's just the checks haven't been cut. Not just for Play-N-Skillz, but d*mn near every producer on that album has not been paid, you know what I'm saying? It's just a bunch of sample bullsh*t and everything else that's going on, so shout-out to Wayne, Young Money, Cash Money, it's all good daddy, let's do another one." (Real Talk NY)
Check out Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" music video down below: