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Hip-Hop Rumors: Mac Miller Responds To Lord Finesse’s $10 Million Lawsuit

Mac Miller better get lawyered up quick because one of the legends in the game is coming after him with a $10 Million lawsuit! Legendary rapper and producer Lord Finesse is suing Miller for the unauthorized use of Finesse’s 1995 hit song, “Hip 2 Da Game” from his album The Awakening. Check out the full story here.

The lawsuit claims that Miller used the instrumental for his “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza (The Kool-Aid Song)” on his mixtape Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Sh*t without Finesse’s permission.

Mac Miller has responded to the lawsuit on twitter. Check out what he said below:

“I’m supposed to be on hush but lemme speak on this real quick. 1. I made that record and video as nothing more than an 18 year old kid who wanted to rhyme and pay homage, no other intentions. 2. Finesse and I spoke on the phone for an hour after he heard the record and cleared the air. We even planned to work on music together. 3. All I wanted to do is shed light on a generation that inspired me. 4. When I heard there was a problem, I reached out to him to try and solve it. No response. 5. Finesse never cleared the Oscar Peterson sample on the original record. I did nothing wrong. We spoke on the phone had a good conversation, he was cool with the record. It’s all love tho. I ain’t even mad at dude. He still a legend.”

Oh okay, so the original sample wasn’t even cleared. Hmm, does Finesse still have a case then? How do you feel about the lawsuit? Do you think Finesse deserves a cut of Miler’s career?

54 Responses to “Hip-Hop Rumors: Mac Miller Responds To Lord Finesse’s $10 Million Lawsuit”

  1. Eli Pinilla

    how u gonna sue somebody for using your beat on a mixtape like every other rapper has done for the past 9-10 years and u aint even clear the sample yourself!?!?!? and u actually sold the awakening ep!!!! fuckin Hypocrite

    • S

      Playboy! What you so mad for? You Mac Millers manager or something. If Finesse didn’t clear the original simple then that’s up to Oscar Peterson’s people to sue Finesse then.  Relax fella!

      • Eli Pinilla

         mad?!?! where at?!?! im just making a point, no diffrent then u was playboy. u seem to condone the shit. im a finesse fan, but u cant b no hyprocrite like that. this is hip hop, these the same nggz that was making song in the early 90’s clownin the older heads for suing them for not clearing the samples. so how is it that 20 years later, these the dudes doin the exact same shit they was mad about then?!?! and he aint even clear the sample lol shits crazy man. why u think pete rock aint sue lupe?!?! cuz he cant, he dont own the samples. he can sue, but he aint gone win.

      • Eli Pinilla

         The funk legacy I pass on, clearancy for high rates

        Every time we sample all the past time greats

        Stick it in the SP-1200 beat, I make a loop

        Lovely, where the Troop in a Lexus coupe

        Just a little bit, set to make a whole lot happen

        The musical inside my rappin’

        Written by the C.L., produced by the P.R.

        And add in any credit that you heard thus far

        I start from scratch, cuz the bass line’s critical

        Better than the original who first made it

        But now you want to sue me, but fans never boo me

        Believe I know the times, we been broke, too, G

        Here’s another sample clear, seeya, get the hell outta here

        Like a bootleg, you’re over for the year

        You’ll only get the credit where the credit is due

        So, listen, what I shout out is true

        cl smooth ” straiten it out” 1990!!!!

      • churchboy2

        You get props just for quoting one of the G.O.A.T. songs and duos in hip-hop.

      • johnblacksad

        ^^^^^^^
        those my Soul Brothers right there! Lots of lovin!

      • johnblacksad

        Down with Mecca of course, but that Main Ingredient… i don’t think i can never explain how awesome/excellent/flawless this album is!

      • 2twelve

        yo f outta hea b Finesse is wrong deal with it. ok so u dont like mac miller but Finesse crying about something thats being done everyday you really think an 18 year old was thinking like yea lemme get this money mac miller whoal career n sound is targeted for fun purpose n partys and playfully records he never serious on his songs why the hate

      • phillip martin

        Nothing you said made any sense, he shouldn’t be sued because he makes music for fun purposes, lol. Please, please stay in school cause your dumb

  2. TruthSerum

    I hope the guy who Finesse Sampled, or his heirs since he’s not alive anymore, whoever it is that owns the publishing of the original song, hits Finesse with a lawsuit, he deserves it.

    And an extra middle finger to him for making me side with Mac Miller, an artist I despise. If there was any conceivable way to side with Finesse on this matter I would, but he’s totally being a hypocrite here.

    You Sue one kid for doing something Thousands of others do everyday??

    Your Suing for the rights to a beat with a sample you didnt even clear on top of it??

    Somebody sit Finesse in the corner and find him a dunce cap

  3. baseforyourfase

    AT THE END OF THE DAY: Finesse has a point BUT Mac has nothing to worry about. This shit has been going on for almost two decades. Let the young’n make his money. He’s built up a solid fan base and movement putting out quality music for the past few years and now Finesse just wants a piece of the pie. MAC WINS.

  4. Marquise Williams

    yo Finesse used a SAMPLE…a loop…a few seconds…Mac used the whole beat…come on man…I think he is buggin especially if they built about it on the phone…but you can’t compare me using a sample vs the whole track

  5. Pierre Elliott

    GO GET YOUR OWN STYLE YOU THIEF………..

    THATS WHY OUR GEN IS STILL ROCKING THIS SH1T.
    YOU GUYS NEED THE RADIO, WE NEVER NEEDED THE RADIO, THE RADIO NEEDED US..

  6. Ryan Dunkerley

     I cosign the comment about “copy right infringement” – $hit how many artists do mixtapes like these? how many would be guilty if this were the case? Nothings going to happen. I respect Lord F’s music but be happy someone wants to use it. It might shed light on you from a new school/younger kid who doesnt know who Lord Finesse is.

    • Ryan Dunkerley

      Finesse never cleared the Oscar
      Peterson sample on the original record. So it’s ok for him to “STEAL”
      but what about when someone “STEALS” from him??? he dont like it??

      • D Claxton

        Man listen…..to sample a cut & make it into a whole other thing is what Finesse did…. in a nutshell that’s basically how Hip Hop began….Miller on the other hand, jacked HIS beat not Oscar Peterson’s original cut….what is it that you’re not understanding? If Oscar has/had beef with Lord, that’s another topic, stop tryna divert the attention to something that isn’t there….stick to the topic at hand

  7. zkinter36

    This could really backfire on Lord Finesse… If he didn’t clear the sample originally, what is to stop Oscar Peterson from suing Lord Finesse… Technically he doesn’t even own the music in the first place… It is interesting to see this case however, because Finesse is totally on point about the number of younger cats who jack beats for mix tapes… If Finesse’s beat was original and not sampled, then I could see where he would definitely have a case here.

  8. zkinter36

    As far as Miller’s use of the beat giving props to Lord Finesse’s career… C’mon man… That’s kind of a BS excuse to use a sick beat.  Most of the people who listen to Miller’s music will still have no clue about Lord Finesse after the fact… Which is truly unfortunate.

  9. FukYor Mother

    finesse is doing dirt bad .. but to have to try to get out the hole you got urself into ? thats a damn shame .. i hope Oscar Peterson takes your ass to court riiight now .. then there is no case againt Miller .. just Finesse sorry broke ass ! if u stayed relevant your ass wouldnt be broke and having to try to do an up and comer dirty like that .. 

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  11. jsj23

    Finesse is a day late and a dollar short.  There is a sad side and a happy side to this story.   The sad side is that many of the old school cats never fully learned and understood the business, didn’t get it right then and are not going to get it right now.  The good side is that they are showing courage and standing up.  This will only teach the newer generation (if they are paying attention) not to make the same mistakes the older generation did – cover all your assets and do so lawfully.  Unfortunately this is the case for many old Black musicians. Not sure Finesse has a strong legal case here.

  12. Brandan E.

    Finesse is one of my all-time fav. mc’s. and i like mac miller as well.
    this is just bad all the way around.
    they both should just address this is, make a record together and call it a day.

  13. Nemesis_Enforcer

    I can’t front.  I understood why Finesse did it. But after reading Mac’s explanation, Mac is right. 

  14. Pierre Elliott

    AYE WHITEBOY , YOU BETTER RUN THEM POCKETS!!!!!!!!! YOU THINK NGGAS WAS DEAD OR SOMETHIN????!! ALL RIGHT YALL WE GONNA HAVE TO DO IT LIKE THEY DID IN THE 80S…. WE ARE GONNA HAVE TO DO IT  ***IN THE PARK****AGAIN*****

    CAUSE THESE WACK ASS, NO SKILL DUDES GOT COMPANIES BACKING THEM UP
    ON TV, RADIO AND INTERNET.

    WE GONNA HAVE TO HIT THEM, WHERE THEY CANT REACH****IN THE STREETS****
    IN THE PARKS******** LIKE WE USED TO, CAUSE THEY WOULDNT ALLOW OUR STUFF
    TO HAVE A PLACE NEXT TO THIERS.
    **************************************************************************************************************

    DJs IF YOU REAL AND ABOUT REAL HIP HOP LIKE YOU SAY YOU ARE, THEN YOU
    HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PLAY NEW AND DIFFERENT MUSIC.
    ****************************************************************************************************************
    OR ARE YOU A COWARD, AND ARE JUST A DJ TO GET SOME ASS???

    IF SO, THEN YOU NEED TO HANG YOURSELF.

  15. kstaxx

    This lawsuit will go nowhere for those that dont know Mac Miller is a Jew enough said this lawsuit is dead in the water.

  16. Pierre Elliott

    its not dead in the water when you just basically do shows with the actual inst. no dude mac is done.. Ask ANYBODY LF is the wrong dude to mess with in terms of knowing his biz.

  17. Pierre Elliott

    SIMPLE AND PLAIN: HERES TODAYS LESSON.

    BE ORIGINAL, SO YOU WONT HAVE SOMEONE SUING YOU FOR EVERYTHING.
    KNOW YOUR PUBLISHING, AND YOUR POINTS.

  18. Miles Taylor

    So on a free song made 10 million dollars and pulled business away from Finesse? Also, why didn’t he sue right after it became big? Why wait until Mac has plenty of many and Finesse is low? Oh, wait…

  19. Q.

    Hold up… Why’s everybody assuming Finesse is a hypocrite because of what Wac Willer say? Just because he SAID the sample wasn’t cleared doesn’t mean it’s true. That statement needs some verification. Otherwise, that’s some typical deflection sh!t: Two wrongs make a right? NO.

    Where’s the fact-checker?!

  20. Sam Serio

    Man there’s a reason why artists use existing beats for mixtapes. Buying beats off a producer costs $$$ which it would be stupid to spend if you’re putting out a FREE mixtape. This law suit is ridiculous. 

  21. KaLI$

    hell nah,, that’s just a broke rapper mad that the youngster is coming up…. the original sample wasnt even cleared…its obvious that Lord Finese doesn’t practice what he preaches…

  22. IMarriedAPsychoChick

    This is not about white vs black, don’t make it a race issue!

    The point here is that Mac Miller used Lord Finesse’s beat and DIDN’T GIVE OUT NO CREDITS!

    All the faggot ass 90’s babies actually thought this was Mac Miller’s beat and those that know hip hop knew where it came from..

    Lord Finesse has the right to sue Mac Miller and hopefully he wins in court!

  23. malik-morgan

    Although Finesse was the artist who’s interpretation of the Peterson sample was used by Miller, isn’t it a sample of a sample shouldn’t the original artist get a cut also ,Oscar Peterson, whom they both sampled. By the way, this is hip-hop, its all about rapping over each others beat, especially on a mixtape.
    If you can sue someone for rapping over their beat on a mixtape then watch out!

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