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One song can make or break an artist’s career. The right song can put them on the map, but the wrong song can send them to court, which was the case with these artists sued over their songs.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Even though he’s been dead for almost two decades, The Notorious B.I.G. still isn’t exempt from being sued over his music. Lee Hutson, former lead singer of The Impressions, is suing Biggie’s estate over the alleged illegal use of one of his songs. Hutson accuses the Brooklyn rapper of using a sample of “Can’t Say Enough About Mom” in his 1994 song “The What” featuring Method Man and he only noticed it two years ago. Bad Boy Records filed a pre-emptive claim a few days before Hutson saying any claim about a sample is past the statute of limitations. Negotiation between the two sides broke down and it looks like the suit will be headed to court.
Rappers and sampling go together like peanut butter and jelly these days. Well, except for the one place it matters: on paper.
According to TMZ, singer Robert Poindexter is suing Cash Money Records for using a sample of one of his group’s old songs in a 2010 Bow Wow song.
Poindexter says the The Persuaders’ 1972 song “Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Away)” was used in Bow Wow’s song “Still Ballin” but the label never took the time to actually clear the sample.
What’s that you say? You don’t know that Bow Wow song? It’s okay, we don’t either but just know that it’s a “thing.” On the other hand, The Persuaders’ single hit number 8 on the charts back in the day.
Poindexter has allegedly tried to get in touch with Cash Money Records, only to be told to talk to Bow Wow’s attorneys. Of course, his attorneys turned it around and told him to speak to Cash Money again. As we all know, the runaround with anything only makes you more angry and that helped to prompt this lawsuit.
Poindexter, who isn’t an original member of The Persuaders, also has lawsuits pending against 50 Cent and Kanye West for alleged illegal sampling of the groups’ songs. He’s seeking $600,000 in damages plus interest for this particular song.
This isn’t the first time Cash Money has been sued for sampling: powerhouse EMI sued the label for almost $500,000 for using illegal samples on a slew of songs back in 2009.
You know, if this is true, it makes no sense as to why some of these artists and labels won’t get the proper clearance. Of course, some older singers don’t want their songs used in new songs but at the same time, there are many who could use the check. The process is probably tedious but when someone comes back to sue you for more money than the record was even worth, who actually wins?
So far, there’s been no comment from Bow Wow or Cash Money Records.