Rapper 50 Cent and Lil’ Kim have been with a $2 million lawsuit by producer Carlos “Phantom of the Beats” Evans, who claims he was never paid royalties for producing the hit single “Magic Stick.”
The lawsuit was filed yesterday (September 11) in Manhattan State Supreme Court by Carols Evans, who claims he signed an agreement to produce and mix “Magic Stick,” featured on Lil Kim’s 2003 album La Bella Mafia.
Evans claims he was paid $7,500 for his production work on the single, which hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over two million copies.
He hasn’t seen any royalties since the album’s release in 2003.
“It was one of the hottest tracks on that album, and I didn’t collect my royalties,” Evans told the Associated Press.
According to 50 Cent’s lawyer Theodore Sedlmayr, the issue is an accounting issue, because Evans used a sample in “Magic Stick.”
“Atlantic is trying to get it straightened out,” Sedlmayr said. “If after the accounting Mr. Evans is entitled to anything, he’ll get it then.”