Hip-hop legend Lord Finesse is suing Mac Miller for $10 million for allegedly using the beat from his 1995 track “Hip 2 The Game.” After a series of messages Miller sent out on Twitter addressing the matter, Finesse has responded.
“Mac’s at the top of his game right now,” he tweeted, “I wish him the best in Europe and I hope to hear from him soon besides on Twitter.”
Mac Miller detailed some of the early talks he had with Finesse on Twitter.
“Finesse and I spoke on the phone for an hour after he heard the record and cleared the air,” he explained. “We even planned to work on music together. It’s all love tho. I ain’t even mad at dude. He still a legend.”
The song in question, “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza,” was featured on Miller’s breakthrough 2010 mixtape K.I.D.S. The suit, which was filed in a New York federal court, charges Miller and others with “copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and other related state law claims.”
Also named in the lawsuit is independent imprint Rostrum, the label home of Mac Miller, and mixtape website DatPiff, which made K.I.D.S. available for a free download. To date, Miller’s “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” has gotten over 24 million views, and has been downloaded over 500,000 times.
In a statement Lord Finesse, born Robert Hall, claims that Miller “profited from the unauthorized use of the song.”
On Tuesday (July 10), Finesse took to twitter to explain the lawsuit.
“This case is about the overall picture. If you’re just looking at ‘one’ point. It’s about so much so much more. Look deeper,” the D.I.T.C. founder and producer posted on Twitter.
However, some fans and critics have dismissed the suit calling it an affront against the underground spirit of hip-hop.
“The first thing I thought was the amount for the suit for outrageous,” said VIBE executive editor Datwon Thomas told CBS Local. “This is from a mixtape. And the mixtapes are not for profit. Yet, you do get paid for performing that material in a live show…Whatever they talked about in private may not have been lived up to it public. That’s the only way I see Finesse going at him if there was a promise made that wasn’t upheld.”
For his part, Finesse tweeted on Wednesday (July 11), “I appreciate Mac’s kind words. But his people did not handle his business correctly.” —Keith Murphy, CBS Local