Lord Finesse Claims Mac Miller Stole His Beat And Should Pay Ten Million Dollars
By Mack Rawden 2012-07-11 12:20:01
Mac Miller has built a ton of Internet buzz in the two years since his popular mixtape K.I.D.S. was released, but if you take it from hip-hop legend Lord Finesse, that hype was built largely on the back of stolen material. Almost twenty years ago, the D.I.T.C. rap crew founder released “Hip 2 The Game”. The single was a top-forty hit on the rap charts and allegedly features the same beat Miller used in his hit son “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza”.
According to All Hip-Hop, that particular track is the one most credit with launching Miller’s career. Because it seems like the twenty-year-old is headed for a successful career, according to Lord Finesse, based largely on his work, the legend wants some money for the copyright infringement that happened. On Monday, he reportedly filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking ten million dollars, and much of the language reportedly focuses on Miller actually launching his career off the song.
Typically, cases like this are really hard to prove. Not only must a judge or jury decide the songs sound remarkably similar, they must also find evidence that the defendant knew about the song and intentionally copied it in order to make a profit. I’m not saying evidence won’t come to light here that will prove that happened, but unless it’s overt, it will be an uphill battle for Lord Finesse.