Rick Ross, Jay-Z And Dr Dre Sued Over '3 Kings' Sample
They say that war is the trade of kings; something that hip-hop monarchs Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Dr. Dre are now discovering - along with producer Jake One and Universal Music Group, after being hit with a lawsuit for sampling an unauthorised track filed by Gospel duo Crowns of Glory on ‘3 Kings’. According to HipHopDX, Clara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary own the rights to 1976's 'I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch)'. They say that the lawsuit is about more than just the sample, but also about how it connects them to a song that is against their values…
The pair are suing for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices, unfair competition by misappropriation, conversion and unjust enrichment, calling for an injunction to prevent further distribution, performance, or commercial sale of the song, and are seeking an undetermined amount in damages.
“The video includes very graphic depictions of drug use, vulgarity, nudity, gun violence, criminal conduct, actions demeaning to women and many other items that are certainly inconsistent with Plaintiffs’ wishes for how Plaintiffs’ song would be portrayed,” the lawsuit says, according to All Hip Hop.
The duo also mentioned how they believe that giving Rick Ross a Grammy award for his involvement with the song would cause "irreparable harm" to their brand.
“Once the Grammy Awards are broadcast, the listeners will be alerted to existence of Plaintiffs song, at which time it will be subjected worldwide to irreparable harm of being linked to defendant’s song.”
Although Weary is listed on Rick Ross' album, 'God Forgives, I Don't' as writer of the track, he says he was never contacted for permission and also revealed that he was not paid for his work.
Words: Tiffany Calver (@tiffanycalver)