It’s common for a rapper to spit over a classic instrumental on a free mixtape release, as was the case with Mac Miller using Lord Finesse’s 1995 “Hip 2 Da Game” instrumental for his breakout cut “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” off his 2010 K.I.D.S. mixtape. Well, Lord Finesse is now suing Mac Miller for $10 million over unauthorized use of his instrumental. According to Courthouse News Service, the complaint says, “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.”
In addition, CNS says Finesse filed the lawsuit only after DatPiff, who launched and hosted the mixtape, Mac Miller, and his label Rostrum Records, refused to respond to a cease and desist letter earlier this month. The CNS report also states that the $10 million lawsuit “alleges copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number of related state law claims.” Finesse took to Twitter tonight to comment on the lawsuit. See his Tweet below. No word from Mac Miller as of yet, though.
As part of Mac Miller’s defense on the issue he tweeted some stuff, with this one probably the most valid point of them all!
5. Finesse never cleared the Oscar Peterson sample on the original record.
— Mac Miller (@MacMiller) July 11, 2012
This is Lord Finesses’ original track:
And this is the Mac Miller track he’s suing him over: