News: 50 Cent's "Money" Problems Resurface Over '10 Lawsuit

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 11:10PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

A year after G-Unit's 50 Cent won a hefty "I Get Money" legal battle, new reports claim the plaintiff wants another stab at the case and is appealing the court's decision.

According to reports, rapper/producer Young "Tyronne Simmons" Caliber believes he has a legit chance at winning this time around.

A South Carolina rapper is appealing his lawsuit against 50 Cent over the hit song "I Get Money," RumorFix has learned exclusively. Young Caliber claims he paid $600 to get exclusive rights to the song produced by Apex, but 50 Cent beat him to the punch -- violating Young Caliber's contract. Young Caliber's lawyer, Louis Tambarom, tells RumorFix, he's appealing the case, because " the trial court ignored published 2nd circuit case law that totally contradicts the court's decision." Young Caliber, whose real name is Tyrone Simmons, tells RumorFix, "I knew it was a hit before 50 got it. I did a track, but it was too late." He's suing for unspecified damages. The young rapper's legal team provided RumorFix with emails between Young Caliber and Apex that chronicle the fight over rights. (RumorFix)

Back in March 2012, reports of Fif coming up big in the legal battle circulated across the Internet.

That rapper, Tyrone Simmons, said that he paid $600 to songwriter and producer William C. Stanberry for an "exclusive license" for the beats and rhythms titled "I Get Money Instrumental." But Simmons said the beats remained on Stanberry's website and eventually caught the attention of hip-hop producer Scott Muso, who sent them to 50 Cent. On June 27, 2007, Stanberry allegedly sent Simmons an apologetic email telling him to "pick any other beat you want but the 'I Get Money' [beat] is being used [by] 50 cent for his next single[.] [I] know I'm sorry man but this is good news [be]cause [you] can always get a track from an official producer. [A] lot of things about to change man, I hope you understand this is a once in a lifetime opportunity[.]" (Opposing Views)

After declining an offer to let the "I Get Money" instrumental go to Fif, Simmons later sought legal action.

By that time, 50 Cent had sold more than two million copies of "I Get Money (Straight to the Bank Pt. 2)," and the clock had run out on the three-year statute of limitations for a copyright suit, according to an 11-page order released on Friday. U.S. District Judge Dora Irizarry dismissed all counts against 50 Cent, UMG Recordings, Interscope Records, Aftermath Records, Shady Recors and G-Unit Records. The judge has not yet ruled on the claims against Stanberry. Lawyers for Simmons could not immediately be reached by phone. (Opposing Views)

Details of Simmons' lawsuit hit the Internet around mid-December 2010.

Tyrone Simmons, a/k/a "Young Caliber," an aspiring 28-year-old rap artist from Atlanta, Ga., has filed suit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York seeking damages for copyright infringement and other claims. Specifically, Simmons alleges that he purchased an exclusive license for all of the rights to use, record, publish, re-produce, perform and/or sell the "I Get Money" instrumental beat, from which the song is titled, from its producer William Stanberry, a/k/a Apex, and that Stanberry and others, including 50 Cent, knowingly infringed upon his rights. The named defendants in the lawsuit include Stanberry, his company Apex Productions, LLC, 50 Cent, Universal Music Group, Inc., Interscope Records and certain of its subsidiaries, Aftermath Entertainment (founded by popular rap artist Dr. Dre), G-Unit Records and Shady Records (co-owned by rap artist Eminem). (PR Newswire)

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