Seems Lord Finesse and Mac Miller spoke last night re: the much discussed $10 million lawsuit over the use of the Funky Man’s “Hip 2 Da Game” beat for Mac’s “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.” The exchange was quick and to the point… and sorta hilarious.
UPDATE: Lord Finesse has released the following statement on the lawsuit…
“I love mixtapes but this is different. And it’s not a sample. Mac didn’t take a piece of music and create something new. He didn’t transform it into something other than what it was. He just dropped the needle on my record and changed the title. Permission was never given. A lot of money was made on my song. At the end of the day, I only stepped to these people for proper credit and compensation. I have done a lot of great things in hip hop and I never wanted a lawsuit. Never. I made every attempt to resolve this. But, when I reached out to these people their attitude was I should be grateful Mac was using my music to sell out concerts because it keeps me relevant. How does it keep me relevant if I’m not being credited or compensated? You’ve heard Mac, you’ve heard a portion of it from me. The truth will come out in court.”
[via Hip Hop DX ]
UPDATE 2: Mac Miller’s label has released the following statement on the lawsuit…
There have been a lot of misstatements online and in the press, so we thought it’d be best to make some brief comments. First and foremost, we stand by Mac Miller in this situation and we will fight the case together with him. Mac never pretended that the “Hip 2 Da Game” beat was his, despite what’s being said in the suit. Lord Finesse was given credit on both the video and the mixtape from the very beginning. We’ve never distributed “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” for sale on iTunes and have consistently policed digital retailers and other sites to make sure that no pirates were ever illegally selling the song. Lord Finesse has known about “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” for a long time and never objected to the use. For some reason, he has very recently changed his mind. We look forward to resolving this issue soon, and we appreciate all of the support that we have been receiving from the entire music community. Thank you, Rostrum Records
[Via Complex ]