Hip Hop icon and legend, Lord Finesse is suing 20-year old Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller for stealing his 1995 beat for “Hip 2 Da Game.” Mac Miller rapped over Finesse’s beat in 2010 on his smash hit “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” from his infamous K.I.D.S. mixtape.
“Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” became an instant hit and according to Finesse’s legal team – it brought Mac Miller to fame and fortune. For this reason, Lord Finesse is claiming “copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number of related state law claims.” According to his legal team:
“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.”
Mac Miller isn’t the only one being sued, Finesse is also determined to take down Mac Miller’s record label Rostrum Records as well as DatPiff.com for hosting and distributing Mac Miller’s K.I.D.S. mixtape on their website.
Finesse decided to file a lawsuit against all three parties when they “refused to respond to a cease and desist letter that was issued earlier this month.” Mac Miller claims he tried to reach out but got no response.
“I made that record and video as nothing more than an 18 year old kid who wanted to rhyme and pay homage, no other intentions.”
Is Lord Finesse doing too much considering we live in a mixtape culture?