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Rostrum Records Issues Statement on Behalf of Mac Miller in $10 Million Lord Finesse Dispute


(AllHipHop News) Days after he was accused of stealing a sample to help catapult his career, Mac Miller’s label reps have come forward with comments regarding the $10 million suit filed against him in a New York federal court by Lord Finesse.

The suit, filed against Mac Miller, Rostrum Records, and DatPiff.com, alleges “copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number of related state law claims,” for Mac Miller’s sampling of Lord Finesse’s 1995 track, “Hip 2 The Game”.

The track was sampled on Mac Miller’s “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” song from his popular K.I.D.S. mixtape.

The following is an official statement Rostrum Records on behalf of Mac Miller:

“There have been a lot of misstatements online and in the press, so we thought it’d be best to make some brief comments.   First and foremost, we stand by Mac Miller in this situation and we will fight the case together with him.   

“Mac never pretended that the “Hip 2 Da Game” beat was his, despite what’s being said in the suit.  Lord Finesse was given credit on both the video and the mixtape from the very beginning.  We’ve never distributed “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” for sale on iTunes and have consistently policed digital retailers and other sites to make sure that no pirates were ever illegally selling the song.

“Lord Finesse has known about “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” for a long time and never objected to the use.  For some reason, he has very recently changed his mind.  

We look forward to resolving this issue soon, and we appreciate all of the support that we have been receiving from the entire music community.”

Prior to the statement’s release, Mac Miller took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the dispute, saying in part, “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.”

To the contrary, in the suit, Lord Finesse alleges that the sample was stolen in a strategic effort to help Mac Miller build his fanbase.

  • 2twelve

    talk about how meek mill just called cassidy a clown for asking why they hadnt record a song together since he got with MMG

  • xdeanrupcicx

    Although I dont like Miller that much. Finesse is starting to look like a greedy fool  on this one

    • agreed. everyone is saying he knew about it. Mac is getting big and noe Lord wants to change his ming? gtfoh what happened to “keeping it real”

      • BTV Global, LLC

        keeping it real is what’s he’s doing. IT’s business not personal. Just because people do Mixtapes on other people beats doesn’t mean it’s legal. This goes on a lot and u just don’t hear about it. BUSINESS NOT PERSONAL.

      •  yeah everything is all good until them mixtapes start selling like hot cakes just ask DJ Drama and Lil Wayne lol 😉

  • Yet Set Cam

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  • TruthSerum

    I hope I don’t wind up as grumpy as Finesse when I get older.

  • Bumpy Johnson

    its a bit*h move yes… but as a hip hop head  i choose  side with lord finesse 

  • rep87

    JACKING BEATS is common in hiphop the label trying do damage control because they are just as guilty

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  • breed500

    Rostrum records and Mac will have to do better than that,Finesse still has enough of a case to get  Rostrum laywers nervous..they will settle…

  • This is wack.

  • changeisgoodnn

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    My homeboy was in terrible shape too, and he clean! Gettin a condo.

    HIT EM UP – THEY WILL HELP U!! 

  • WillVetterGoodin

    what time is the c brown drake fight on???

  • Smashit

    Not too sure on this one but Finese could have made a lot of cash doing production for this kid instead of going after this guaranteed settlement opportunity – who knows maybe his rent & cable bills are due and he needs that cash NOW

    • >> In J.G. Wentworth’s voice : “It’s my MONEY & I need it NOW!”

  • Jim Beam

    Finese is a legend. He might be having a rough go of it now and be a little bitter but he’s still a legend.

  • Jas1ne

    This is the same cat that got approached on video for not giving producers credit on his album. Lets call this strike 2

  • Whites steel everything, then claim it for their own.

    • Please explain? Also, before posting, you sound ignorant as hell, and you make yourself look unintelligent. Try spell check, when your trying to call a race out as a whole.. Dont be a hypocryte.

      There are thief’s in every race. I aint even white, just sayin.

      • jsj23

         Your name sounds Latin or Spanish, so let me attempt to explain what my man above may be trying to say, using an example you may be familiar with.  Whites stole Mexico and the rest of America and now call it their own…Does that help you understand what he’s trying to say?…if not simply ask for more clarification and I will gladly provide it!

      • Thank you my brother!

      • LOL, I type fast, so that doesnt make what Im sayin any less valid! And if Im so ignorant, your even more ignorant for replying to me. And if your so intelligent  why are you on hip hop websites. You should be on cnn or fox web site where all the rest of the “intelligent” people are. Oh yeah, now to answer your question. Example thomas edisons assistant Lewis Latimer came up with alot of the inventions that edison later patented. Do the research and that just one example. 

    • zkinter36

      Yessir… I am white… And that is what we do… Take what’s yours… And make it ours… The exploitation of human and natural resources… Not proud of it… And surely don’t cosign on it… Can’t stand the way that the corporate monster sucked the soul right outta hip hop… There really needs to be a new wave of emcees that come at the game from a hard core angle… Instead of “talking about” a lifestyle that 99% of us will never live, emcees need to go at the corporate monster in a militant manner… The record business has no future, hard core emcees need to put it out of it’s misery… Hip hop should be revolutionary and aimed at “fighting the power”!!!

      • I respect your honesty. Change happens one person at a time.

    • IGNORANCE AT ITS FINEST, UR COMMENT IS

      • although WHACK miller SUX!

      • A bit late with that response yoda. Prove me wrong instead of tryin to sound like a star wars character.

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  • This is bullshit Finesse needs to chill n realize that he has no arguement, he is a washed up rapper who nobody knows anything about

  • Dammn I am a hip hop purist, and I cant even stand Mac Miller.  I think his shit is terrible.  He is in the same catagory as the other parody rappers, and non-lasting trends…Wolfgang, Jerking, bullshit..etc.

    However, that being said…Lord Finesse has always had my respect from the DITC heydays till about 1 week ago.  BIG HOMIE!  You look like a old desperate, broke joke!!!!!

    Grab your nuts, and realize your rap days are over (maybe, not, but not the way to go about it), and yes although Wack Miller sucks, all of your fans are like 50 years old, and moved on from real hip hop to the shit the radio is brainwashing peoples minds with….They only listen to Jay-Z, Dr, Dre, Drake, and Lil Wayne.

    We understand, that you are now BROKE, as many other artist of your era, but there are better ways of gaining income, rather than throwing your legacy in the toilet!

    BRO you need to get with a better team or talk with a different family member for advise, because you have now tarnished the legacy you had, because this aint real hip hop, this is bad credit, broke dummy shit, and a failed cry for attention.

    AKA: YOU LOOK DESPERATE

    • fortydogg

      mac miller is wack, but u can tell hes influenced buy early 90s hip hop and wanted to show respect but we might not no the complete story behind what we read on the net, we might find the real reason out later why Lord Finesse is doin this. As to him being broke..ARe you his accountant? This nigga from the era where they actually sold albums and got royalties so i doubt hes broke/ most these 90s niggaz actually still tour and do shows on a regular ,because money aint made on albums itz all bout shows, and since when does your age matter im 35 and a fan of his and listen to new hip hop but not no drake bullshit or( wayne/rockstar/skater)..So dont sum up what u dont no just speak for yo self

    • jsj23

       Instead of using plural and collectives like All (“all your fans…”) and We (“we understand…”) PLEASE USE THE SINGULAR “I”. Please speak for yourself from now on!  I am under 50, still a fan, don’t listen to Jay-Z and don’t understand that he is broke.  Learn the business and social situations before you dare attempt to speak for everyone!

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  • zkinter36

    How are you gonna sue someone for using a “sampled beat” of yours that you didn’t even clear?  What’s funny is that Mac Miller spilled the beans on the original song that you sampled from… Does that mean that both of them are going to get sued by the original creator of the sampled material?

  • zkinter36

    With that being said… DITC is a crew that I hella respect… Way more than any of these modern day “EMO” rappers who sound like whiny females dealing with female issues.

  • who cares, either way, people are entitled to their opinion, and “mac” aka “whack” is another garbage rapper out there. Maybe he’ll get better as he gets older, he’s still very young, but I can’t stand his voice at all, and his “flow” is annoying too