G-Unit leader 50 Cent has reportedly denied a recent lawsuit which claimed he illegally sampled a record for his “Redrum” track off 2009’s War Angel mixtape.
According to reports, Fif has turned the table around on the plaintiff.
50 Cent doesn’t own the 1970s song he recently sampled — but in court docs obtained by TMZ, he claims the guy suing him for copyright infringement doesn’t own it either! As TMZ first reported, a man named Robert Poindexter sued 50 … claiming the rapper hijacked a sample of his Persuaders song “Love Gonna Pack Up and Walk Out.” Robert claims 50 used it on his track “Redrum,” which he released for free online. (TMZ)
He is also requesting the case get dismissed immediately.
But in recently filed court docs, 50 says the suit is TOTAL B.S. and claims he never violated any copyright laws. In fact, he says Robert doesn’t even own the rights to the allegedly-stolen song because he signed them over to Warner Music Group awhile ago … therefore he can’t sue. 50 is asking a judge to dismiss the case ASAP. The judge has yet to rule. (TMZ)
50 caught heat after the lawsuit made headlines back in mid-Apri.
The song in question, “Love Gonna Pack Up And Walk Out,” was allegedly sampled on a 2009 track called “Redrum” and then included on a mixtape called “War Drum” that 50 Cent posted online for free. This appears to be the crux of the rapper’s legal contention: he didn’t make any money out of it. The legal papers reportedly describe this contention as “frivolous and immaterial.” Poindexter is demanding $600,000 in punitive damages, as well as statutory damages of an unexpressed amount. (CNet)
Back in June 2009, Fif spoke on the importance of War Angel bringing back “real” hip-hop music.
“What I fell in love with initially ain’t even in the motherf*ckin’ art form anymore,” Fif said in an interview. “It’s cool because there’s an opportunity for me to become [that] to a whole new generation…because of their age group, they’re not aware of it. Now I gotta shift the energy. I gotta make them follow me. After they follow me, they’ll be able to make real hip-hop records and make them successful. I have to have a successful project with really good hip-hop music to make these people go, ‘OK, we can make [a real hip-hop album].’ I have to be successful to make the record companies go, ‘We can support this guy that wrote a rap album’ instead of feeling like ‘We need him to go on this record with Ne-Yo or Dream. Get somebody on there to do the hook.’ That’s the concept of what they feel they can present to the public and that’s not what the f*ck I was going on when I started.” (MTV)
Check out 50 Cent’s “Redrum” below: