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Exclusive: Wiz Khalifa Accused Of Stealing “Black & Yellow” In $2 Million Dollar Lawsuit

(AllHipHop News) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Hip-Hop star Wiz Khalifa is being sued by a Pennsylvania man, who claims the rapper stole the concept for his hit single “Black & Yellow.”

Songwriter Max Gregory Warren, of Sharon Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit in United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Friday (December 30, 2011).

The lawsuit claims that Warren authored a song titled “Pink N Yellow,” in November of 2007.

He says he copyrighted “Pink N Yellow” in February of 2008, when he sought to publish or license the song.

Warren claims that prior to “Pink N Yellow” being officially copyrighted, Wiz Khalifa, along with producers Stargate, as well as label Rostrum Records, stole the concept for the song.

Warren claims Wiz stole “Pink N Yellow” and released it as “Black & Yellow,” and “Black & Purple,” in addition to several other remixed versions of the song.

According to the lawsuit, Wiz Khalifa and his producers heard “Pink N Yellow” and “engaged in a scheme to defraud plaintiff out of the fruits of his copyright of the Subject song.”

Max Gregory Warren is suing Wiz Khalifa for fraud and deceit, copyright infringement, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment.

Also named in the lawsuit is Wiz Khalifa’s publishing company PGH Sound, EMI Music Publishing, Rostrum Records, Warner Music Group and Atlantic Recording Corporation.

Warren is seeking $2,375,000 in punitive and actual damages.

Check out a copy of the lawsuit below:

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  • WHEN U MAKE IT BIG, THERE ALWAYS SOMEONE TRYING TO TAKE IT FROM YOU!

    • JazziestGirl

      AND SOME PEOPLE WOULDNT GET BIG IF THEY DIDNT STEAL THEIR MATERIAL!!
      WIZ STOLE HIS MATERIAL FOR THAT SONG AND SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR HIS CRIME… WHAT WERE HIS MANAGERS THINKING.. OR THE KID WHO WROTE IT IS FROM A SMALL TOWN.. HE WONT NOTICE IF WE STEAL HIS MATERIAL… PEOPLE NEED TO GET REAL….JUST BECAUSE HE IS FROM A SMALL TOWN DOESNT MEAN HE DIDNT FOLLOW THE RIGHT CHANNELS TO PROTECT HIMSELF THAT SONG WAS COPYRIGHTED.. PEREHAPS THE IDIOT (WIZ) THAT STOLE IT DIDNT KNOW IT HAD A COPYRIGHT PROTECTION ON IT..SMAME ON HIM

      • JETS

        you don’t know if wiz stole it, there claims of someone stealing a song everyday

      • Christian Good

        it was his ONLY catchy song! he was NOBODY until it dropped. this isnt just some song he did, this was THE ONLY song he did. wiz is weak as hell!

      • JETS

        Wiz go hard fool! you trippin’

      • JETS

        Wiz go hard fool! you trippin’

      • gmoneydakidd

        WTF BRUHH U DUMB AF WIZ KHALIFA IS THE MAN SINCE HE DROPPED PEOPLE DONT LIKEE WIZ BECAUSE THEY CAN RELATE TO HIM SO IF YOU CANT RELATEE TO HIM LEAVE IT ALONE!!

      • THEN THAT G SHOULD SUE LIL WIZZEY FOR THAT GREEN AND YELLOW
          I THINK THAT WAS A BETTER SON THEN BLACK AND YELLOW

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  • SMH! …..i couldnt even find this “pink n yellow” song dude is talking about. just another person trying to come up on someone else’s fame. 

  • real OG

    I doubt he stole the verses he says nothing tight the entire song, infact he might have said the wackest rap line of the year “don’t trip I aint the one who sells it” wtf you dont and never sold drugs? Why are people listening to you? Go put in work and then you will have more to rap about then weed and colors.

    • Thursdaynite

       Nah, easily his wackest verse is on that T pain joint. “iphone plugged in the wall just waitin’ for me” Pure wackness

      • Christian Good

        all his verses compete with eachother over which is thee wackest. he just keeps pushing the limit on weak ass lyrics.

  • Tim Terrell

    Almost everyone who has a hit song (or movie or tv show) is sued by someone claiming that they came up with the idea and were ripped off.

    • NorthDollasTX

      not everyone HOMEY  – just wait til the evidence or lack of evidence comes out … some of these niggahs ARE actually thieves lol this one might have some truth considering WIZ sat on the labels shelf for YEARS until BLACK AND YELLOW dropped – did WIZ steal it, WHO KNOWS – but the truth always comes out eventually – especially when you dont hear about it anymore – 9/10 that means the ARTISTS settled out of court for an undisclosed amount

      • Sat on what labels shelf? Atlantic? Or Rostrum? Either one you choose that’d be a pretty dumb statement seeing as Rostrum is HIS label which he sign to Atlantic through JUST LAST YEAR. Black and yellow was his debut single through Atlantic records.

      • Thursdaynite

        There’s some debate about that. the word on the street is that Rostrum and Atlantic had a deal done a long time ago and went the “artist development” route with Wiz partially financing mixtapes and tours to get his buzz up not unlike Big Sean being signed since 2009. Wiz doesn’t own Rostrum, he’s signed through a joint Rostrum/Atlantic deal. Part of the reason Officer Rozay was even aware enough to want Wiz on MMG was because he was already signed to warner/Atlantic. Kind of like Pill. Mac Miller probably makes more money off of music than Wiz right now. His deal with Rostrum is more indie, no major label is getting a cut.

      • NorthDollasTX

        no point of me elaborating …

      • NorthDollasTX

        LMAO man do some research before flooding my inbox … THANK YOU SIR!

      • JazziestGirl

        BLACK AND YELLOW WAS STOLEN FROM THE ORIGINAL PINK AND YELLOW WHICH WAS WRITTEN AND COMPOSED IN 2008.. I LOVE THAT  SOME PEOPLE WITH NO TALENT WILL RIP SOMETHING FROM SOMEONE ELSE AND TAKE THE CREDIT… LIER LIER PANTS ON FIRE WIZ…. WIZ IS NONT SO MUCH OF A WHIZ NOW IS HE… HE WONT BE LAUGHING TO THE BANK HE WILL BE CRYING ALL THE WAY TO JAIL!!!!

      • JCalli

         
        WIZ WAS SIGNED TO WARNER BRO. RECORDS BACK IN 07-08 AND WAS SHELVED B/C OF LACK LABEL SUPPORT. SO HE GOT WARNER TO RELEASE HIM FROM THE LABEL.

  • It won’t be too much longer until Amber leaves his ass…The countdown begins.

    • SilentKarma

      AMBERS A SLUT SO WHO REALLY CARES… HE’LL JUS MOVE ON TO THE NEX HOE! AIN’T GONNA BOTHER HIM.. DON’T BOTHER NONE OF THEM.

  • RapeFart

    i really dont care

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  • And he sues him now? If it were real, he would’ve sued him back in December of 2010 or some shit.

    • JazziestGirl

      LAWSUITS TAKE TIME AND PREPAREATION AND MONEY, BUT I WILL SAY I SAW MAX PERFORM HIS SONG BACK IN 2008 , IT WAS ABOUT THE SAME TIME WE WORKED  ON A SONG TOGETHER.. HE WENT AAND AND SLIGHTLY TWEAKED IT BUT IT IS STILL MAX’S SONG..I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT…THEY MET MAX WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO GET HIS SONGS OUT THERE… AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SOMEONE IS DOING HIS SONGS AND CHANGES THE TITLE AND TWEAKS IT ALITTLE WOULDNT YOU SUE? IT IS BLATENT THEFT. THE SONG WAS COPYRIGHTED SO HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROTECTED. BY THE WAY PITTSBURGH IS 2 HOURS FROM SHARON PA WHERE MAX IS FROM.. SO IT REALLY ISNT A STRETCH THAT SOMEONE WOULD OR COULD STEAL HIS MATERIAL.

      • Nay Joy

        Wait but you say, after this post, that dude has all types of money so that couldn’t be the reason it took so long for this lawsuit to come forth.  Yes, it does take time for preparation but it don’t take that long.  I’m not saying that this dude didn’t actually have a song called pink and yellow, nor am I saying that Wiz didn’t bite his concept, that I don’t know.  But after being surrounded by the music industry as well as being a consumer for quite a long time, I can tell you that it’s not that hard for two people to come up with similar songs without neither ever hearing the others work.  
        Here’s my thing though.  It just seems to me that somebody is salty because they did a song and it was a flop then someone else comes along with a similar concept and blew up….dont be mad just do better.  If his claims are true then the courts will figure it out.

  • he prob waited to wiz accrued more revenue on the song to increase payout

  • thats kinda whack too though cuz ive thought of songs and heard similar mainstream songs so what

  • rep87

    this nothing uncommon copy right your shit and you want get screwed its bizness  someone is allways out here trying file lawsuits and get that quick money

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  • Montezuma1

    They’ll settle and this bum will run out and buy a new car and some bling with the money. On another note, Wiz is perfect to play Jimi Hendrix… If he can act.

  • JazziestGirl

    MAX WROTE HIS SONG AND HAD IT COPY RIGHTED… IT IS A SHAME THAT OTHERS ACHIEVE SUCCESS BY PILFERING OTHER PEOPLES WORKS… IT IS LIKE HAVING A PAINTING… AND YOU THINK IT NEEDS A SPLASH OF BLUE ON IT SO YOU  GET OUT A BRUSH AND ADD A LITTLE…IT IS STILL  SOMEONE ELSES WORK OF ART AND THEIR ORIGINAL IDEA WEATHER YOU ALTER IT OR NOT…YOU CAN NOT SELL IT AS YOUR OWN. MAX MET THEM IN PITTSBURGH AND TURNED THEM ON TO HIS MATERIAL WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO SELL IT….  THEY DIDNT PAY HIM TO USE IT OR THE CONCEPT THEY      CONSPIRED TO STEAL IT.. THERE ARE SEVERAL NAMED IN THE LAWSUIT INCLUDING THE PITTSBURGH STUDIO. SO BEFORE CONDEMING A TALENTED WRITER, YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW THE FACTS… OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE FACTS OR THERE WOULD NOT BE A BASIS FOR A LAWSUIT.
    COMMENSENSE DONT YA THINK…
     

  • JazziestGirl

    BY THE WAY  MAX IS FROM AN WELL TO DO FAMILY AND HE HAS A NEW CAR IT IS NOT FOR THE MONEY IT IS FOR THE PRINCIPAL..WIZ IS A THEIF AND SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR HIS ERROR IN JUDGEMENT.

  • JazziestGirl

    MAX IS NOT SUEING FOR QUICK MONEY… HE HAS MONEY AND A CAR AND A LIFE.. HIS FAMILY OWNS A VERY SUCCESSFUL CHAIN OF RESTAURANTS..BUT IT IS  NOT RIGHT TO STEAL OTHER’S PERSONAL IDEAS WHICH ARE COPYRIGHTED TO MAKE 11 MILLIONS DOLLORS..WOULDNT YOU BE PISSED TOO?

  • R_REAL_TALK

    I KNEW IT PAY UP NN?IGGA???

    P.S AND DONT BE TRYING TO SEND YOUR BB?ITCH AMBER OVER THEIR TO GIVE THAT NN?IGGA SOME PP?USSY TO CHANGE HIS MIND EITHER

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  • Royal_Chiefa

    We’ll see what the evidence says..

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  • Thakid31

    I kno them dudes who are sueing Wiz… That dude is a decent dude, but def not hood… The fact is he is a rich cat who lives in the nicest neighborhood in Sharon.. Cat acts gangsta but never even seen the hood… Not hatin, just pointin out the facts… Dudes family literally are millionaires cuz they own the Quaker Steak and Lube restaraunts… Dude shouldnt rhyme like he is ghetto when dude dont kno shit about ghetto life… The only hood cats who chilled with him, did so cuz the cat had money… CB4 fo real

    • JazziestGirl

      doesnt matteer where he came from… it was still his music..

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  • @Thakid31:disqus 
    your comment is irrelevant to the topic….the topic is copyright infringement…this has nothing to do with how gangsta Max is or if he ever saw the hood

    Justin Bieber stole a verse from an underground rapper…was it cool to steal from someone who does have street creditbility?

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  • DaSacman

    He just wants a cut of Wiz’s profits. I can’t say I can blame the man,
    but there is no evidence that Black and Yellow was stolen. I mean come
    on, just because it had “& yellow” in the title he can’t make it?
    What about all the songs that have the same name but are different
    songs? I seriously doubt he will win the case. No samples were taken,
    no lyrics were taken, no evidence. Case closed.

    • JazziestGirl

      well you have to know the facts..max warren took his song to pittsburgh to the studio trying to get it out there… that is where the theft took place…

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  • hiimrob

    who cares, pink and yellow probably wouldn’t have even been a hit IF wiz stole it

  • Camden Walker

    fam cant catch a break for sh**    all that paper work is a headache   they shoulda made it useful before he hopped on LMAO  plain and simple   now the “originators” tryna snatch some paper from the Taylor   in the words of MARTIN LAWRENCE ” DAMN DAMN DAMN!”  Lawyers cost..pray my dude can brush this off soon. legal battle over music is a B**** 

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  • OE

    Wiz just needs to pay up and move on… and admit he stole that shit.. and yes when he put out SAY YEAH that was the last time i ever heard of him then black and yellow came out everyone was on his nuts like a bag of candy.. sorry to say but yea i told ya so…

    • JazziestGirl

      amen!!!!

  • JCalli

    wow

  • JCalli

    Grandmaster Greg post my fukin comment already!!!

  • He can’t sue for title infringement, titles of songs, poems, books, movies are not protected, however, if the lyrics are plagiarized, or the musical notes are similar, then he can file suit.

  • #lameeeeee

  • ITS BEEN WAT OVA A YEAR AND HE JUST NOW SAYING SHIT?? I CALL BULLSHIT ON THIS….

  • hes doing the smart thing n wait until it goes big, then sue

  • Christian Good

    wiz kahlifa is GARBAGE. the only track he got that is catchy at all, and its only because of the hook, his lyrics are some 4th grade nonsense,was stolen? throw this guy out pleeeeease.

  • Pink and yellow is the worst shit I have ever heard. Not even a Wiz fan, but damn black and yellow is way different and much better.

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  • Damn.I see how this could happen though.I had someone come in today & wanted me to take a part from this beat he heard on soundclick.I was like,GTFOH.I didn’t learn to play instruments to steal somebody else’s s h it.Aside from that,How the hell you think your going places if you have to steal peoples ideas.Damn shame.Listen,I’m looking for rappers to get on my beats.Trying to get my name out there.So hit me up.Go to soundcloud/jimmyhifi & check some of my stuff out.Peace!

  • EricaDesiree

    On the guy’s twitter he said that this is all false !

  • thevandelbusterbeet89

    OH come ON! you wait two years to say someone stole the title to your song, which by the way sound fruity to begin with and would have neva been a sucess, and try to sue wiz…are u serious dude cant sue anyway its no copyright infringement, just a publicity stunt…say if a rapper sampled a song, is that a crime! I pretty sure this guy doesnt rap about what wiz raps about and you can say that with anything…like: birdmans pop bottles and tips bottle poppin…simular name

  • thevandelbusterbeet89

    u dont see birdman sueing tip for bottle poppin

  • David Phillips

    Pink and Yellow is some B,S. i heard it. the two song sound nothing alike.. just a way for another hater to stop a Celeb shine. its pathetic and a cry out for attention, throw that wack ass lawsuit out.

    • JazziestGirl

      YOU MUST BE SMOKING THE SAME THING WIZ IS OR YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE LOST YOUR MIND OR NEVER HAD ONE TO BEGIN WITH, BUT  THERE WAS A BIG SEMINAR IN 2008 WITH RUSSELL SIMMONS IN PITTSBUGH PA, THAT IS WHERE MAX THE ORIGINAL WRITER OF THE SONG PINK AND YELLOW CAME FROM… WIZ  AND MAX MET THERE IN PITTSBURGH.. MAX’S SONG PINK AND YELLOW WAS COPYRIGHTED.. SO IT IS NOT A STRETCH THAT WIZ  WOULD AND COULD LIFT THE SONG AND CHANGE IT AROUND TO BE BLACK AND YELLOW… AND IF YOU LISTEN TO THE TAG LINE..IT IS THE SAME.. WIZ IS A THEIF AND HAS COPYRIGHTED NOTHING… LIKE I SAID.. IF AN ARTIST PAINTS A PAINTING SIGNS IT.. AND YOU DECIDE TO PUT A SPLASH OF BLUE ON.. IT IS STILL THAT ARTISTS PAINTING… NOT YOURS… IT WOULD NOT BE YOUR ORIGINAL WORK OF ART… IF YOU CLAIM IT AS YOURS… THEN YOU ARE A THEIF! IF YOU SELL IT AS YOUR OWN THEN YOU SHOULD BE SUED!!!
      THUS HERE WE ARE…… GO MAX GET HIS GHETTO ASS

      •  Fitsr u need to chill bro with the caps…. second Wiz is not a thief just cause some bulshitty songwirter says eh wrotea song similar to Wiz’es  … wiz did nto ptu a splash on it he made it from sratch with dieas from ptehr peopel … tahst liek sayign if i saw a painting and was isnpirred by it i would make soemhting similar in a way but idt be my own … so jaziest  learn whats rite .. chill.. and go smoke a dubie for ur stress gl =]

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