Hip-Hop MC and producer, Lord Finesse, is taking Mac Miller to court.
The legendary rapper and producer is suing Miller to the tune of $10 million over the use of one of Finesse’s instrumentals on a Mac Miller track.
According to Courthouse News Service, Mac Miller used Lord Finesse’s Hip 2 Da Game beat, but failed to gain permission for using it. The beat appears on the Mac Miller track, Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza (The Kool Aid Song). The song features on Mac Miller’s mixtape, K.I.D.S.: Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit.
As a member of New York's Diggin' In The Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.), Lord Finesse released the original Hip 2 Da Game track in 1995. The song featured as a single on Lord Finesse’s third studio album, The Awakening, which dropped in 1996.
"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," writes Lord Finesse in his complaint against Miller.
Finesse says that he was forced to file a lawsuit against Miller, DatPiff, and Rostrum Records after they failed to respond to a cease and desist letter, which Finesse sent them in July 2012.
- By Fiona Guest