BMS Entertainment/Heat Music claims they handed a demo of their group I.O.F. (Its Only Family) to Ludacris on four different occasions between August 2002 and May of 2003. Court documents say the demo was also personally handed to Kanye West in May of 2003.
The Demo contained their song “Straight Like That” which they allege Ludacris stole.
“The industry has systems set up for artist to get paid for their work,” says Jeff Billingsley, CEO of BMS Entertainment/Heat Music LLC. “In entertainment, many unsigned artists and producers have had this problem; it’s nothing new.”
Billingsley said that he was not attempting a get rich scheme, but had a legitimate gripe against Ludacris and West, since the song helped fuel the platinum success of the album Chicken and Beer.
“We are not trying to do a get rich quick scheme,” Billingsley said. “They [I.O.F.] have their own buzz on the streets and throughout the industry. We don’t do business like that and no one will take from us without being confronted. I.O.F. feel that they have been done a disservice and want to take it through the proper channels and let the courts decide.”
The group is currently featured on the Spike Lee “Home Invaders” soundtrack and have opened up for such acts as 50 Cent and NORE.
Source: All Hip Hop