Maybach Music Group head Rick Ross just ended a lawsuit with “Freeway” Ricky Ross and apparently he is now filing his own lawsuit against the hip hop duo LMFAO. Ross is going after the duo for their 2010 “Party Rock Anthem” record.
According to reports, Rozay is going after LMFAO over a copyright infringement dispute.
At issue is LMFAO’s chart-topping 2010 song “Party Rock Anthem,” which contains the phrase “Everyday I’m shufflin’ ” in the chorus. Ross says he got there first on his own chart-topper “Hustlin’,” which contains the lyric “Everyday I’m hustlin’.” The song was released on Ross’ 2006 debut album, Port of Miami. According to a lawsuit filed in Florida federal court, “The use of ‘Hustlin’ ‘ in ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is readily apparent, despite the slight change from ‘Everyday I’m hustlin’ …’ to ‘Everyday I’m shufflin’ …’ and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
The lawsuit is also claiming LMFAO is making tons of money off Ross’ “Hustlin” record.
It’s further alleged by the plaintiffs that the phrase is “performed in a manner to sound like” Ross’ own, and “is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin’. “The phrase is so important to the success of ‘Party Rock Anthem,’ that LMFAO launched a highly successful clothing line, Party Rock Clothing, that features the phrase on T-shirts and other clothing items,” says the lawsuit. (Billboard)
Ross just ended and won a lawsuit against the former drug lord “Freeway” Ricky Ross.
We recognize that Roberts’ work—his music and persona as a rap musician—relies to some extent on plaintiff’s name and persona,” Judge Boren stated. “Roberts chose to use the name ‘Rick Ross.’ He raps about trafficking in cocaine and brags about his wealth. These were ‘raw materials’ from which Roberts’ music career was synthesized. But these are not the ‘very sum and substance’ of Roberts’ work.” (THR)