Lord Finesse Sues Mac Miller For $10 Million
Hip hop musical foundation was created by taking music samples, and adding drum beats to create new records. This is what made hip hop so fresh and unique.
During the beginning stages of hip hop, many critics often displayed their displeasure with the method of sampling. Several of those critics, referred to hip hop as not being a real music art form.
Despite the naysayers, hip hop continued to evolve and become respected as a true art form. In many cases, the underlining issue became about getting permission to use the samples.
However, in the hay days of hip hop; most of the law suits came from people who owned the publishing rights to the classic soul records being sampled.
Fast forward to 2012, and the current generation of hip hop, seems to be sampling past generations of hip hop; which appears to be causing the same issues with respect to getting permission to use the samples.
We recently saw this with the legendary producer/emcee Pete Rock and Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco, over the sample T.R.O.Y. The two parties were able to resolve their issue and have since moved forward.
Now, this is the case with D.I.T.C. (Diggin In The Crates) member the legendary producer/emcee Lord Finesse and Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller.
For those of you too young to remember the D.I.T.C. crew; they were a crew of New York emcees featuring the late great Big L, Fat Joe, Diamond D, Show, A.G., and Buckwild.
They coined themselves the Diggin In The Crates crew, because they would find samples that no one else was using and create classic hip hop records.
It’s being reported that Lord Finesse is not pleased with Mac Miller sampling his 1995 song “Hip 2 Da Game,” for his song “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” (The Kool Aid Song).
Well, according to site Hiphopdx, Lord Finesse issued a cease and desist order against website DatPiff.com, as well as Mac Miller.
According to Lord Finesse his letter was ignored, which is what prompted him to file a $10 million law suit against Mac Miller. We’re not sure what the outcome will be, but perhaps the two parties will work out their differences.
Listen to both Lord Finesse & Mac Miller, and tell us what you think.
Watch Lord Finesse video for “Hip 2 Da Game” below: