Rick Ross’ music has been getting him into a lot of trouble lately, what with canceled tour dates and drive-by shootings. Just as things start looking up with the possibility of a Grammy win this weekend, more bad news has come down the pipeline, only this time it’s legal and involves Dr. Dre and Jay-Z.
The trio are being sued over an uncleared sample used on their “3 Kings” collaboration on Ross’ latest record, God Forgives, I Don’t. As All Hip Hop reports (via Exclaim) a lawsuit against Da Boss, Jigga, and the good Dr., plus producer Jake One and Universal Music Group, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by plaintiffs Clara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary on February 6th. The plaintiffs claim the 1979 Crowns of Glory gospel song “I’m So Grateful (Keep in Touch)”, to which they own the rights, was used on “3 Kings” without obtaining the proper rights. Though a writing credit was given to Weary, the lawsuit claims no one ever contacted or compensated him.
Filing the lawsuit so close to the Grammys, where God Forgives… is up for Rap Album of the Year, was no coincidence. The lawsuit states, “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.”
Court documents state that Warrick and Weary are suing for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices, unfair competition by misappropriation, conversion and unjust enrichment. The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages, and are asking for an injunction preventing further commercial sale or performance of the song. None of the defendants have yet to comment, but stay tuned for more.
Below, you can watch the NSFW video for “3 Kings”, which the lawsuit also takes issue with, saying it “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.”