Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Gunna & Wheezy Sued Over “Strawberry Peels”: Report

Sun City Publishing is seeking $1M from Lil Uzi Vert over the sample used in “Strawberry Peels.”

BYAron A.
Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Gunna & Wheezy Sued Over “Strawberry Peels”: Report

A publishing company is coming for Lil Uzi Vert in court over a sample used in "Strawberry Peels" ft. Young Thug and Gunna.

According to TMZ, Sun City Publishing filed a lawsuit against Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Gunna, and the song's producer, Wheezy, on claims that they stole the sample from the group Blackout's 1995 single, "Dim Da Lights." Atlantic Records and Generation Now are also named in the lawsuit.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Lil Uzi Vert attends Any Given Sunday With Future at Harbor New York City on September 25, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Sun City claims no one reached out to them to authorize the use of "Dim Da Lights" on "Strawberry Peels." However, the "Just Wanna Rock" rapper's song reached 39M Spotify streams and 4M YouTube streams. Sun City said the song likely generated upwards of $1M in revenue, which they now seek in damages.

So far, none of the involved parties have publicly commented on the lawsuit. "Strawberry Peels" appeared on the 2020 deluxe edition of Eternal Atake, also known as Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World 2.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Lil Uzi Vert performs during Rolling Loud NYC at Citi Field on September 23, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Astrida Valigorsky/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lil Uzi Vert's continued to tease the release of his forthcoming Pink Tape. After blessing fans with Red & White last summer, the Philly rapper recently offered an update on the follow-up to Eternal Atake. An alleged leak convo with Lil Uzi hit timelines this week, revealing the project would drop in February. There's no confirmation that it's true, but we hope it is.

We'll keep you posted on any more updates on Pink Tape. Check out the two songs below and let us know your thoughts.


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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.