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.Â
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."Â Â And Lord Finesse claims he is only filing the suit after his cease and desist letter, issued in early JulyÂ to Miller, DatPiff, and Rostrum Records, was ignored. Â
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.Â
(Hat tip to HipHopDX on the story)Â
[Update: Lord Finesse responds to Mac Miller via twitter]