The executors of late rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s estate have been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit. Soul singer Leroy Hutson is seeking unspecified monetary damages after claiming the slain star, real name Christopher Wallace, sampled his 1973 song Can't Say Enough About Mom without permission on his 1994 track The What.
Hutson alleges he sent a cease-and-desist letter to bosses at Biggie's record company Bad Boy Entertainment in 2012, demanding they stop selling any albums featuring the song, but he never received a response.
His filing in a Manhattan federal court on Tuesday (01Apr14), comes a day after Biggie's estate officials filed a preemptive lawsuit, in which they asked a judge to bar Hutson's publishers from taking their own legal action.
The hip-hop icon's representatives admit the track was sampled, but insist it equates to 'fair use', as only "two nonsequential tones" were featured in the song.
Biggie's estate is managed by his mother, Voletta Wallace, and his widow, singer Faith Evans.
Rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested for the second time this month (Jan14) - for obstructing police officers. Reports suggest the hip-hop star, real name Jay Wayne Jenkins, was arrested in Alpharetta, Georgia as cops responded to an alarm call at his girlfriend's home.
Sources tell TMZ.com Jenkins was uncooperative with officers, refusing to identify himself.
The rapper has been booked at the Fulton County Jail.
The arrest is the latest legal woe for Jenkins - he was arrested earlier this month (Jan14) for battery, false imprisonment and making threats after a fight with his son, and is also facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from soul veteran Leroy Hutson over samples used in his song Time.
Rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, according to a U.S. report. The Put On hitmaker was detained on Friday (03Jan14) for battery, false imprisonment and making terroristic threats against his son, according to court documents.
Young Jeezy, real name Jay Jenkins, stands accused of throwing his son through a glass shower door, dragging him to the floor and punching him in the face during an altercation in September, 2012.
He is also accused of choking his son and threatening to "kill him."
On Friday, the rapper turned himself in to police authorities and was subsequently released on $45,000 (£30,000) bond.
His lawyer tells TMZ.com, "We have no doubt this matter will resolve itself appropriately. At this moment, Mr. Jenkins is thankful for the support of his fans and the respect for his family's privacy."
The arrest is the latest legal woe for Jenkins - he is also facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from soul veteran Leroy Hutson over samples used in his song Time.
Rapper Young Jeezy is facing a lawsuit from soul veteran Leroy Hutson over allegations of copyright infringement. The former lead singer of The Impressions claims portions of his track Getting It On are featured heavily on the hip-hop star's song Time, which was released as part of his 2010 mixtape, Trap or Die 2 - but insists he never gave Jeezy or his producer Don Cannon permission to use the composition.
Hutson, who found fame in the 1970s, was only made aware of the alleged infringement after his daughter came across the information on the website WhoSampled.com, which lists where original samples in modern songs come from.
He filed suit against Jeezy and Cannon for copyright infringement and unjust enrichment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia last Tuesday (27Aug13), according to AllHipHop.com. He is demanding a trial by jury to determine damages as the stars are said to have illegally used the sample for a second time by filming a music video for Time.