Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has come forward to address hip-hop legend Lord Finesse filing a ten million dollar lawsuit against him for sampling his 1995 classic, “Hip 2 Da Game.”
Rather than take shots at Finesse, Miller paid homage and explained his side of the story.
“I’m supposed to be on hush but lemme speak on this real quick,” he tweeted July 11th.
“1. I made that record and video as nothing more than an 18 year old kid who wanted to rhyme and pay homage, no other intentions.”
“2. Finesse and I spoke on the phone for an hour after he heard the record and cleared the air. We even planned to work on music together”
“3. All I wanted to do is shed light on a generation that inspired me”
“5. Finesse never cleared the Oscar Peterson sample on the original record.”
“I did nothing wrong. We spoke on the phone had a good conversation, he was cool with the record.”
“It’s all love tho. I ain’t even mad at dude. He still a legend.”
“4. When I heard there was a problem, I reached out to him to try and solve it. No response.”
“Lord Finesse, thank you for what u did for hip hop. Thank you for bringing my favorite rapper into the game.” (Mac Miller’s Twitter)
Finesse’s multi-million dollar lawsuit’s basis rests on Miller’s “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.”
Rapper Lord Finesse says in a $10 million lawsuit that 20-year-old rap star Mac Miller ripped off his 1995 hit “Hip 2 Da Game” to launch his music career. “This is a case about a teenage rapper- Mac Miller- copying the music from a song written, produced and performed by Lord Finesse, a hip hop legend, changing the title and then distributing it under his own name in order to launch his music career,” the complaint states. “In 2010, Mac Miller recorded himself rapping over Finesse’s music and renamed the song ‘Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza’ (‘The Kool Aid Song’),” according to the complaint. Miller signed with Rostrum in July 2010 and released a mix tape called “K.I.D.S.: Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Sh*t,” which contained “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.” (Court House News)
The hefty lawsuit specifically demands justice for a handful of cited violations.
The $10 million lawsuit alleges copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number of related state law claims. Finesse also seeks a permanent injunction from the court. The rapper is represented by Brian Levenson and Matthew Schwartz of Schwartz & Ponterio in New York. (Court House News)
Last fall, Miller’s long-awaited studio album Blue Slide Park toppled its retail competition.
Leading the pack this week is Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park which debuted at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the Pittsburgh rapper’s new LP has sold 144,500 copies after seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out the two records below: