Jun 18, 2009
Kernel Records, a music label based in Finland, has filed a lawsuit against acclaimed music producer Timbaland and Pop singer Nelly Furtado, claiming that the two stole elements from a song previously recorded by Finnish artists in order to create the song "Do It." Produced by Timbaland and written by Furtado, the song appeared on the singer's third album Loose in '06, which also featured hit singles such as "Promiscuous" and "Say It Right."
The Finnish record company alleges that production from "Do It" was taken from "Acidjazzed Evening," a song originally recorded in 2000 by composer Janne Suni. According to Kernel Records, Timbaland "knowingly and willfully stole" the song.
In 2007, controversy arose when the first of several independent producers accused Timbaland of plagiarism via YouTube, using video evidence. Coincidentally, the production of "Do It" was also cited as being stolen work.
During the same year, Timbaland reacted to the accusations of plagiarism:
“That mess is so ridiculous," he told Maryland-based radio show Elliot in the Morning. " I can’t really discuss it because it’s a legal matter. But that’s why people don’t believe it. It’s from a video game, idiot. Sample and stole is two different things. Stole is like I walked in your house, watched you make it, stole your protools, went to my house and told Nelly, ‘Hey, I got a great song for you.’ Sample is like you heard it somewhere, and you just sampled. Maybe you didn’t know who it was by because it don’t have the credits listed.”
Because, as he claims, he heard it from a video game, he did not consider the possibility of a lawsuit, as he believed that the sample was public domain.
According to AllHipHop.com, Kernel Records is suing Mosley Music, LLC, and Geffen Records, requesting that the release, performance, reprinting, and sale of "Do It" be prohibited.
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03. Tell Me What You Got Now
04. Fuk You Roll Call - JD, Suge Knight & Alan Grumblatt
05. Till The Day I Die
06. Get That Paper Ft. Fratthouse
07. Daz Speaks On 1st Meeting 2pac
08. 2pac Songs Produced By Daz
09. Daz Speaks On New DPG LP
10. 1st 2 Bomb
11. I Ain't Got
12. She Like Datt Ft. Crystal
13. It's Crazy
14. On The Real Ft. Soopafly
15. So Many Tears
16. Daz Speaks On New Solo LP Public Enemiez
17. Life Stages
18. I Know U Wanna
19. Gin & Juice Ft. Kurupt & Uncle Reo
20. La Brenda Got A Baby Too
21. Don't Get Caught Slippin
22. Hit Daz Up On The Internet
23. Lookin Cute
24. Party Don't Stop Ft. Mac Shawn
25. I'm 2 High
As previously reported, a Canadian concert promoter was contemplating whether or not he should take rapper Flo Rida to court, after a show he was putting on in Nanaimo, Canada was cancelled.
Promoter Jerry Hong claims the Miami rapper was scheduled to play the Beban Park auditorium, but found out late last week that the Nanaimo stop was cancelled, as were all dates in B.C.
During the time of the report, the cause of cancellation was unknown.
Flo Rida said the cancelled shows were out of his control, but promised fans he'd return to B.C. soon.
"I want to apologize to all my fans in Canada for having to cancel my shows this week. The cancellations were out of my control, but I plan to return to perform as soon as possible. Much love," Flo told us.
Hong said he was exploring his legal options, in hopes to recover at least $20,000 in losses. He further claimed that issues with the rap star's management and a Toronto booking agent caused the cancellation.
However, he said he plans to bring Flo Rida back at a later date.
Jun 17, 2009
Incarcerated rapper Remy Ma recently took the time to write a letter to her fans from prison.
Remy, a former member of the Terror Squad, was sentenced to eight years in prison over one year ago. She was convicted of assualt, weapons possession and attempted coercion after an altercation that left Makeda Barnes Joseph shot.
Full letter after the jump
"I always find myself thinking about what I was doing a year ago, two years ago, five years ago today. I never remember exactly where till I find myself imagining where I would be today. I rarely listen to the radio because it’s sort of depressing. Not being able to record is stressful not because I’m a rapper but because that was my way of venting and expressing myself. So I write a lot! So much that now I have a callous on my finger from holding a pen. I guess I got used to texting my rhymes!
I get a lot of fan mail and everyone asks me how I’m doing? I say fine, the way I see it I never imagined making it this far with my sanity. Not being able to go somewhere when you want, see your family when you want (on many occasions when you need to), can't use the phone, take a shower, wear clothes, or even eat when you want - super aggravating. Whenever, which is almost everyday I get visits, a lot of kids ask for autographs. It’s something that I used to do almost everyday but now it actually feels weird, I really feel like an inmate.
And as much as I hate to admit it, I really am an inmate. I mean, it kind of grows on you when certain people go out of there way to make you feel like that.
They have this program called YAP (Youth Assistance Program) they keep asking me to join. It’s a program that brings inner city kids to the prison to show them what it’s like to be incarcerated. I hear that every group asks about me but I’m a little hesitant to join. They think it will give the kids a reality check that this can happen to anyone. I however feel that it’ll be more of the kids wanting to see Remy Ma the rapper and because of that they won't get that I'm actually in jail. So I'm still contemplating. If I figure out a way for them to actually get it, that this is really not a place you would ever want to be whether for 8 years, 8 months, or 8 minutes then I’ll do it.
Everyone in prison isn't innocent but everyone in prison isn't guilty. So whether you end up here on purpose or by accident, the pain you’re feeling is still the same. And I can quote a lot "gangsters” by saying that “I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy…”
Courtesy of GlobalGrind.com
Nas wasn't playin' when he filed a legal papers last month asking a judge to deny his wifey Kelis' request for spousal support.
Kelis claims the rapper has left her high and dry since she filed for divorce in April, even though she's pregnant with his child and due next month.
According to TMZ, the singer says she's "run out of money", and Nas hasn't paid her a single penny -- including support, pre-natal expenses, nothing. She claims he's rich, and is asking a judge to order Nas to pay her.
Kelis wants the rapper to pay spousal support, child support, all pregnancy-related expenses, and one-half of all medical expenses after the child is born.
Additionally, she is seeking $3,500 for the baby nurse after the child's birth, and $20,000 for strollers, cribs and other baby supplies.
"My survival is based on [Nas'] will at this time," Kelis said, reports TMZ. "If he does not want to pay for an expense, it does not get paid."
The couple married in 2003, and news of her pregnancy broke early this year.
Kelis says she's entitled to maintain the lifestyle to which she became accustomed during their marriage. The couple five homes, they fly first class, dine at fancy restaurants, etc etc. She also boasts an extensive jewelry collections consisting of a $190,000 diamond tennis bracelet, a nine carat engagement ring, and numerous watches such as Cartier, Rolex, Frank Muller and Chopard.
The singer's lawyer said Kelis has attempted to ask Nas for support, but he hasn't responded to their requests.
A Canadian concert promoter says he's ready to take Miami rapper Flo Rida to court after cancelling a show in Nanaimo, Canada, causing him to lose thousands.
According to Canada.com, concert promoter Jerry Hong says the rapper was scheduled to play the Beban Park auditorium, but found out late last week that the Nanaimo stop was cancelled, as were all dates in B.C.
Hong signed a contract to get Flo Rida and is exploring legal options to recover what he claims may be at least $20,000 in losses.
The exclusive Vancouver Island stop was promoted across the Island, with at least 500 tickets sold so far. By the time Flo Rida would have touched down, organizers expected a sold-out show.
Hong said the cancellation has nothing to do with the location or venue, but arises from issues with the rap star's management and a Toronto booking agent, who allegedly did not live up to the Canadian tour agreements.
"It was way beyond our control," Hong said. "We feel really bad for our fans. We're hoping we can get him back."
It would have been the first all-ages show for Hong, who earlier tried to book Flo Rida at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre but was turned down, reportedly because the show did not meet the centre's mandate.
He is currently working with Flo Rida's camp to get the rapper to Nanaimo this summer. Ticket buyers for the aforementioned canceled date will be refunded.
Jun 15, 2009
California Superior Court Judge Michael Mink denied Lil Wayne's request to prevent the release of "private and sensitive" material in an upcoming documentary about the rapper.
The documentary, entitled The Carter, was the subject of deliberations on Friday (June 12). The film will be released by Digerati.
Attorneys had previously called the documentary a "scandalous portrayal" of their client, and named QD3 Entertainment, Quincy Jones III and Digerati as defendants.
“Lil Wayne’s reputation and the value of his identity can be diminished by an unauthorized use of his image and persona, or by association with a movie or purported ‘authorized’ documentary that, in reality, does not meet with his approval and depicts him in a negative light and/or engaged in criminal conduct,” alleged the lawsuit.
In addition, Mink awarded sanctions against Wayne and his attorneys in the amount of $5,000, which must be paid within a 30-day period.
Finally, Wayne must appear for deposition at Digerati's attorney's offices by July 31, during which time he will explain what exactly he finds harmful in the documentary pertaining to his current criminal cases.
Although his sophomore album Padded Room was released just months ago Joe Budden is already preparing for the release of his third album.
Entitled The Great Escape, Budden’s upcoming album will complete Budden’s concept trilogy which so far includes Halfway House and Padded Room.
The Great Escape will be preceded by Escape Route a digital-only release that will be available exclusively on Amalgam Digital’s Website.
Although released independently Padded Room proved to be quite a success debuting at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.
Padded Room also marked Budden’s first studio album to be released through Amalgam Digital a Hip Hop digital store and record label whose artists also include Saigon, Donny Goines, Termanology, and more.
As far as release dates The Great Escape will be released on October 13 and Escape Route will be released digitally in July.
Lil’ Wayne & Young Jeezy officially announced their tour earlier today (June 15) and shared the dates and cities they will be performing in.
The tour has officially been named “Young Money presents: America’s Most Wanted Music Festival.”
The Tour will also include Drake, and Souljah Boy Tell’em
The tour officially kicks off July 27 in Scranton, PA.
Tour dates after the jump
Here are the ‘Festival’ dates:
7/27 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
7/29 Saratoga, NY @ Performing Arts Center
7/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
7/31 Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/1 Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Theater
8/2 Virginia Beach @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/4 Toronto @ Molson Amphitheater
8/5 Montreal @ Bell Centre
8/6 Cleveland @ Blossom Pavilion
8/7 Washington, D.C. @ Nissan Pavilion
8/8 Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
8/9 Atlanta @ Lakewood Amphitheater
8/12 Phoenix @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
8/13 Los Angeles @ TBD
8/14 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/15 Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
8/17 Vancouver @ GM Place
8/18 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
8/20 Denver @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/22 Houston @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/23 Dallas @ Superpages.com Center