Mac Miller has found himself in a bit of a buzz kill situation.
The indie rapper, along with mixtape hosting site DatPiff and Pittsburgh indie label Rostrum Records, are being sued by hip-hop icon Lord Finesse.
Apparently the track “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” off Mac’s 2010 effort K.I.D.S. sampled Lord’s 1996 instrumental “Hip 2 Da Game.”
The suit is explained as this:
“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,” states a complaint filed by Lord Finesse’s lawyers. The suit alleges “copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number of related state law claims.”
For the alleged infraction, the trio is reportedly being sued for a cool $10 million. Finesse filed the paper work just this past Monday, July 9th, with the New York federal courts.
Lord Finesses claims that Miller used his song to not only “profit,” but also as “part of a strategy to build a fan base.”
No word yet from the defending camps, however Mac did recently tweet an entire soliloquy on the matter:
Whoa, Finesse didn’t even clear the sample on his own version of the track? This is getting way too messy.
No more information has been released at this time, but stay tuned.