The rap group M.O.P. has filed a lawsuit against the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and wrestler John Cena for $150,000. The rappers say Cena's theme song "Time Is Now" samples one of their tracks and they did not give permission for him to do so. M.O.P. says the theme song uses elements of their hit "Ante Up" with the suit saying saying "The Infringing Work includes a distinctive 'freestyle' rap — 'BRRR Abado' that has been sampled from the Infringed Work and is clearly repeated three times in the Infringing Work, at the introduction, the second chorus, and the third chorus," the lawsuit reads. "Upon information and belief, in or about April, 2005, defendants, WWE and Cena commenced using the Infringing Work as defendant Cena's 'theme' and licensed the Infringing Work to various third parties including SONY, among others."
M.O.P. is requesting substantial damages because the theme song has appeared on many retail products including a soundtrack, plus they want the song destroyed. John Cena is known for rapper and freestyling to the ring during his matches and recently put out an album called "You Can't See Me" on Columbia records.