News: Game Gets Hit W/ Infamous $100,000 Lawsuit, Accused Of Beat Jacking
Saturday, Aug 4, 2012 10:43PM
West Coast rapper Game is getting hit with a $100,000 lawsuit by a fellow California producer who claims he did not get paid for a mixtape record.
According to producer Infamous, he never gave Game permission to use one of his records.
Hip-hop producer Infamous produced a song for The Game's most recent mixtape -- the only problem is he claims never got paid for it ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ. According to a lawsuit filed in California, Infamous (real name Marco Rodriguez) claims he did work for Game all the time, so he had no problem sending him a beat to listen to back in 2010 ... so Game could decide whether or not he wanted to use it. But Infamous claims he never reached any deal with Game, so he was shocked when the beat he made was turned into "Skate On," a song featured on Game's mixtape, "California Republic." Infamous is even credited as the producer on Wikipedia. (TMZ)
The hip-hop producer is aiming to get over $100,000 in damages.
Infamous says he sent a letter to Game in April to try and get what's his ... but Game never responded. Infamous says he usually charges between $20-$25,000 per song, but he's suing Game for damages in excess of $100,000. It's worth noting ... the mixtape is available for free online. (TMZ)
Last year, Game caught heat over using RZA's "Heartbreaker" for his Purp & Patron mixtape without permission.
"RZA came to the studio, and he said, 'I got a beat for you,'" Game explained in an interview. "I said, 'It's dope.' He said, 'It's you. Use it for whatever.' I thought that meant 'use it for whatever.' I guess when we put it out, his camp or he was upset -- I don't know why -- when it came through like that. But there's no love lost. It's always respect for RZA. I grew up on Wu-Tang. I respect RZA most as a musician and what he's doing in movies and commercials. It's one love." (MTV)
Despite the hype, RZA later promised he would not seek legal action against him.
"I COULD NEVER TAKE GAME TO COURT... I LOVE THAT DUDE...," RZA wrote in a statement. "HE IS MY FAVORITE FROM THE NEW GENERATION OF WEST COAST M.CEES... ALSO LIL CHUUUCH IS THE LAST YOUNG MAN I TOOK ON AS A STUDENT AND HE WAS ORDAINED BY MY FIRST STUDENT ASON UNIQUE...SO ITS A GOOD LOOK THAT HIM AND GAME BLESSED THE SAME TRACK... ITS JUST WE DIDNT AGREE TO RELEASE IT OR GO THRU THE PROPER CHANNELS...I'M IN ASIA AND NOT IN TUNE WITH THE CURRENT EVENTS... BUT I'M SURE ALL WILL END UP AMICABLE...LONG LIVE HIP HOP... WUTANG FOREVER...I WILL SEE YOU SOON MY BROTHER... PEACE RZA." (Statement)
Check out "Skate On" below: