‘Island Def Jam’ rapper Rick Ross has filed a lawsuit against ‘Champagne Showers’ duo LMFAO this week, suing the pair over a lyric used in their signature hit ‘Party Rock Anthem.’
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According to Ross, the number’s ‘Everyday I’m Shufflin‘ was derived from his ‘Everyday I’m Hustlin’, which features in his 2006 released jam, ‘Hustlin.’
Joining forces with the cut’s composer -Jermaine Jackson- to take on the Pop duo, Ross filed the suit a Florida federal court, claiming the supposedly similar nature of both lines was an intentional attempt by LMFAO to capitalise on ‘Hustlin‘s success…without seeking the necessary permission to do so.
The Hollywood Reporter adds:
“Rick Ross, who just last week gained a First Amendment victory in a dispute with famed drug dealer “Freeway” Ricky Ross, says that LMFAO has shuffled off with a qualitatively distinct, important and original portion of his own song. He says “Party Rock Anthem” has not only sold 7.5 million copies, but also has been licensed for numerous films, television programs, video games, advertisements for airlines and more.
“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.”
According to Ross’ representatives at ‘Gray Robinson – Attorneys at Law‘, the lyricist’s decision to file this suit comes after numerous attempts to warn the pair about the alleged infringement. Alas, this was to no avail and has prompted the ‘Monster’ performer to seek an injunction and maximum statutory damages.
LMFAO- who are currently on a hiatus- are yet to respond.