Legendary New York DJ and producer, Lord Finesse, is suing Mac Miller for $10 million for illegally using the beat from his 1996 record "Hip 2 Da Game". Earlier today, Miller took to the internet to give his take on the lawsuit.
Lord Finesse, legendary DJ and D.I.T.C. affiliate, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller for using the beat from "Hip 2 Da Game" on Miller's breakout track "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza (The Kool Aid Song)" which was featured on his K.I.D.S.: Kickin' Incredibly Dope Shit mixtape.
Finesse's lawsuit states, "[T]his 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." And Lord Finesse claims he is only filing the suit after his cease and desist letter, issued in early July to Miller, DatPiff, and Rostrum Records, was ignored.
Miller, who is supposed to stay quiet on the subject, took to twitter, and in a series of tweets released the following statement: "I'm supposed to be on hush but lemme speak on this real quick. 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."
Check out videos of the tracks below.
(Hat tip to HipHopDX on the story)
[Update: Lord Finesse responds to Mac Miller via twitter]
1.I appreciate Mac’s kind words but his people did not handle his business correctly.— Lord Finesse (@LordFinesseDITC) July 11, 2012
2.Basics – Mixtapes are one thing, but you can’t take someone’s else’s entire song, shoot a music video and call it your own.— Lord Finesse (@LordFinesseDITC) July 11, 2012
3.Mac’s on the top of his game right now.I wish him the best in Europe andI hope to hear from him besides on Twitter.— Lord Finesse (@LordFinesseDITC) July 11, 2012