Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris is hoping the eye of the law will have his back by filing charges against a Texas couple who are reportedly using his Disturbin’ Tha Peace trademark for their own profits.
Details on the reported lawsuit surfaced online Thursday (December 6).
Ludacris says his record label “Disturbing tha Peace” has a reputation to uphold — so he’s slapping a Texas couple with a lawsuit accusing them of jacking his company’s name. Luda — real name Chris Bridges — filed legal docs this month … claiming Demetri and Donna Evans-Brown are illegally using the phrase “Disturb The Peace” for their audio equipment biz and musical recordings. (TMZ)
Luda alleges he has rocked with DTP’s name since the early 2000’s.
But Luda says he’s owned the trademark for “Disturbing tha Peace” since 2003 — it’s also the title of his 2005 album — and the couple’s use of a similar name will confuse customers and ruin his primo rep. Luda is asking a judge to force the Browns to stop using the trademark ASAP — and he’s suing for damages, plus attorneys’ fees. Lights out! (TMZ)
Earlier this year, rap star 2 Chainz talked about his departure from DTP.
Although there’s numerous rumors about his new label deal circulating on the net, 2 Chainz cleared up one thing with XXL about his current situation: He is no longer with Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace. “It’s the Real University, Two Gun Gang, Street Executives. It’s not DTP no more,” he says. “I’m actually behind [Ludacris], he’s still my homie. I just took another route as far as running my own company and bossing up. But on the other hand, I’m still working with him. He has an album coming out this year, as well.” (XXL Mag)
Back in 2005, Luda also put together a compilation album based on his star-studded roster.
Five solo artists and four groups — in addition to drop-by guests Jamie Foxx, Stat Quo, Rich Boy, and Gangsta Boo — make up the second Disturbing tha Peace album. Keeping tabs on who you’re hearing during most moments can be dizzying, and DTP is only united by Ludacris’ presence and grooming, so it’s not an easy album to follow. Like Golden Grain, this does not live up to the standards of a Ludacris solo album, but it has a few replayable tracks, such as Ludacris and Field Mob‘s rallying “Georgia” (with Foxx doing his getting-tired-fast Ray Charles), Norfclk’s nasty Needlz-produced “Put Ya Hands Up,” and the underrated Shawnna’s low-slung “Gettin’ Some.” Bobby V. and newcomer Shareefa bring the R&B, while Lazyeye is a competent but average metal band that is given a bonus-track slot. (All Music)
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