Leroy Hutson vs Young Jeezy

EXCLUSIVE: Young Jeezy Sued By Soul Legend Leroy Hutson


(AllHipHop News) A legal war has broken out between soul music legend Leroy Hutson and rap giant Young Jeezy and producer Don Cannon, over a track on the “Trap or Die 2” mixtape.

Leroy Hutson filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court For the Northern District of Georgia ,on August 27.

Jeezy and Don Cannon are accused of illegally sampling portions of Leroy Hutson’s song “Getting It On” for Jeezy’s song “Time.”

According to the lawsuit, Leroy Hutson’s daughter was searching the Internet when she found the website, WhoSampled.com, which contains detailed listings of a variety of songs and where the original sample comes from.

To make matters worse, Leroy Huston claims Jeezy also made a video for “Time” and again, used the sample without the proper permission.

Young Jeezy and Don Cannon are accused of Copyright Infringement and Unjust Enrichment.

Leroy Huston is seeking a trial by jury to determine the damages, a full accounting and attorney fees.

  • JamalFromGhostwriter

    One of my favs off TOD2. Cashed out 3 and they was fake!

    • andone

      “this one is for u” was a great follow up off the tm103 album too tho!!!

  • Guest

    THATS NOT CANNON THATS MIDNIGHT BLACK AND YOU CANT SUE FOR A MIXTAPE IT WONT HOLD UP

    • andone

      sorry to burst ur bubble but thats not entirely true fam… and while we’re on the subject id like to bigg up 50 for breakin bread wit robert poindexter when others didnt…

      so for those not in the know i recommend digga’s book “the beat game”… u can thank me later!

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Don’t try to explain to them. People think they know everything about music because they listen to it. All you have to do is call any PRO (performance rights organization) and they will tell you that it doesn’t matter if you and your dusty homies sample Diana Ross on pro tools in your basement, if her publisher hears it you are getting sued and she is going to win. Contrary to popular belief it doesn’t matter if you did or didn’t make any money off of it, if you only used “5 seconds” or “just a loop” or whatever. If its recognizable … You’re screwed.

      • I thought 8 bars were legal?
        How does that work, IE: You sample on a YT track, but can still get sued?

      • @Real_SirJamie

        The thing is it must be recognizable. Usually in these cases they bring music experts, producers and people like that to listen and break it down. People who played the instruments on the original recording to verify if its their part etc. if the judge or experts can’t recognize it then usually they throw it out. Thats why people like 9th wonder don’t get caught, the sample is usually chopped up so much you can tell WHAT song it is. Either that or he just pays and/or gives the CREDIT. You’d be surprised to find out sometimes all the artist wants is CREDIT. Their name in the sleeve under “contains an interpolation of…” Or something like that. But since that Jay z bar in “Takeover”, most people just speculate that most artists don’t own their own publishing. Neglecting to remember Nas was about 20 years old when that album came out and probably didn’t know or care about publishing. But r&b, soul or gospel artists have always been smarter than that. I went on a tangent kind of but nothing that is recognizable is legal to sample without credit or payment. Although there are some artists who just say NO because they don’t like rap. Ask 2 live crew, The Roots, and Jay Z.

      • bigdoe6

        Yea, Digga did that Many Men track on Get Rich or Die Trying. That album sold millions and that was Digga last real big hit in over a decade. Shows you how one record can change a producers life.

  • My only quarry is that it was on a mixtape instead of a album. A mixtape is free and everybody samples everyone without thinking about it. In a studio album there is royalties paid so there would be a case there. A mixtape is basically a promotion piece by the artist to keep his name relevant in the game so it’s going to be interesting how this plays out.

    BTW feel free to visit my mixtape review blog at the link in my profile.

    • You can’t take McDonald’s arches & use them to promote your burgers.
      #LegallySpeaking

      • Da Ledgendary

        Mcdonald’s arches is a trademark.

      • The song was copy written?

        The differences between the two =?

  • sWeetPea

    niggas need to be more original…i always thought that sampling was lazy as hell just come up with you own shit and you wouldnt have to worry about gettin sued

    • BibatheDiva

      Sampling is one of the most creative expressions of hip-hop. It was a brilliant idea to reinvent classic songs. It led to advancements in technology, law, and some amazing songs.

      • KRS – Dope Beat = ACDC Back In Black

        Was that acceptable? Kinda, a totally different genre, but when a rapper crooks another rapper’s hooks, that’s called “BITING” and if you made $ from it, time to open the books & pay off the victims of the crooks.

    • KingsCountyCrooklyn

      I agree 110%, it was okay to chop up samples for the original reason which was to get a sound of an acoustic instrument such as snare drum, tom tom, jet plane engine, and cow bell then combine them in a sequence to create a beat. now a producer samples a whole minute of a record and adds multi 808 kicks and its finished with some non skilled singer harmonizing with auto-tunes.

    • Da Ledgendary

      Sampling is not necessarily lazy. It is actually more difficult and takes more creativity to chop a sample up and create your own sequence that sounds good. Straight-up looping a whole section is one thing, but chopping samples is a bit tedious because you’re limited to what’s in that sample and you have to make it work. Playing an actual instrument or or virtual instrument gives you more flexibility. True everyone can’t play instruments, but everyone can’t a chop a sample and make it sound good either.

  • sWeetPea

    yea

  • Can’t Sue For Mixtape Music…Nice Try Though Old Timer…Idk why they don’t take this stuff as a compliment…if a producer takes your entire composition then i get it…but if they sample a part of a track and build a whole other composition around it, take it as homage and keep it movin.

    • Matt Swan

      This isn’t Microsoft where you can steal an idea and then just buy out the company. Dude took his time and make his music, and for another to come and take it is wrong, and stealing isn’t homage, it’s blatant disrespect. Diddy was also famous for this in the 90’s and he was sued till the brakes wore down. Jezzy just take the L and pay the man. The same thing is going to happen to Pharrell, TI, and Robin Thicke after stealing Marvin Gay’s song.

      • They didn’t Steal Marvin Gaye’s song…Even The Lawsuit Say’s It was “Inspired By” Marvin Gaye’s Song…That is a Ridiculous Suit…How Do You Sue Someone for Being Inspired…If Thats The Case Every Player Out Owes Michael Jordan a Check Lol But Then again it was reported that Robin Thicke tried to settle so maybe they did actually sample it

      • bigdoe6

        They didn’t steal the actual song, they used Marvin Gaye likeness to make a hit record. Marvin Gaye estate can still get some type of royalties from the song. In that case they will settle out of court.

      • i don’t agree with the “likeness” claim though, because personally i just heard a hot song when i heard it…Marvin Really Didn’t Come to mind until they started talking about the suits…still feel like they’re reaching, because once i saw the interview the son was talking about his own music career

      • Matt Swan

        It doesn’t matter that you found there is ir isn’t any likeness in the song. Play both of them and the score is the same. They took it and had the nerve to make a pre-lawsuit aganst the Gay estate claiming they were claiming rights to a whole genre of music when all they wanted was their just due for you not clearing your sample. They messed up, man up and pay the people

      • That hook was crooked.

      • why you say that?

      • They stole his music.

    • $18916246

      Not true bruh, Mr Hutson’s lawyers will need to prove he made money on the mixtape. Today major label budgets and distribution are associated with mixtape releases resulting in the effort being sold online and in-stores with major retailers. If this wasthe case he (Jeezy) will pay.

      • Yeah That’s Correct If The Label Had Some Dealings With It, I Doubt That The Label Had Anything To Do With That Mixtape Though, Jeezy is a More Established Artist and Kinna Gets To Move A His Own Accord, Generally Artist Are Putting Out Mixtapes to Keep Show Money Coming In So That They Don’t Have To Cut a Label In On It…Unless They’re On 360 Deals

      • bigdoe6

        Yes artist drop mixtapes to keep shows coming. So technically there’s money being made. People always say artists don’t make money off mixtapes, well i disagree. That mixtape creates that buzz to spark a anticipation for a upcoming album.

      • idk if they can get money for anything outside of record sales…not 100% sure on that though, just never heard of anyone suing for anything outside of record sales

      • That’s a stretch though, unless as you said, it was used for promotional purposes, then he’s done.

      • bigdoe6

        Jeezy went on the road promoting this mixtape when it dropped. That means money was being made promoting this product. Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa do the same thing. They drop mixtapes and go on tour. If you got a hot mixtape then you can get shows. So money is being generated somewhere. The mixtape is put together for campaign purposes. At the same time the mixtape contains music elements that were used without permission of the owner of the copyright.

    • bigdoe6

      As a compliment? Lol. You are stupid. These guys were real musicians. They didn’t sample anything. They played real instruments. His music was copied and it help played a role in building Jeezy’s brand. Jeezy did shows promoting this mixtape. Jeezy doesn’t do shows for free he gets paid for them. So why tell me why Leroy shouldn’t get paid if your using his music to promote a mixtape?

      • hoeyuno

        I do agree with you about real magicians making there music from scratch but sampling has always been a huge part of hip hop. this is why artists use to respectfully get there samples cleared.

      • hoeyuno

        Musicians..not mofos pulling rabbits outta hats

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Actually Musicians are Magicians brother. An instrument or piece of equipment has NEVER made a hit record. It’s the people behind it. I like that.

      • hoeyuno

        I’ll Cosign that

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        Hutsons music ain’t entirely original neither though… you could kinda say he’s stealing as he didn’t invent the 4/4 time signature, the scales used, the drum rhythm or even the style of drumming but cause it’s something that don’t technically belong to noone he can’t be sued.

      • Randolph Granger

        I believe he is using the music on the mixtape to promote an album. (an album that does not contain the copyrighted work). since the work wasn’t used on a commercial release, there is no revenue stream to justify the claim of unjust enrichment. It may sound like I’m splitting hairs but that is generally how copyright law works

      • @Real_SirJamie

        You don;t know copyright laws. If you did you wouldn’t say that.

      • Randolph Granger

        Your right I don’t know copyright laws. I was speaking based on my perception of the mixtapes circuit’s track record of sampling music and releasing it and the apparent lack of enforcement in cases without a direct revenue stream.

    • Golgo 13

      i swear mac miller got sued 4 sampling a song on his mixtape

      • Randolph Granger

        yea mac miller was sued by lord finesse but I believe that was for a commercial release.(sold on itunes, “for profit” video )

    • KingsCountyCrooklyn

      that track is basically playing the entire song and not even layered with a full beat. he or they should take it as a compliment when they are properly asked if a reproduction of the original can be made. Don Cannon knows this was not a complicated beat to make and this old timer as you put it probably ain’t eat off this work of art in years. so pay the man, he found this track worthy enough spend money to put a video together for it?

      • Randolph Granger

        I’m not sure he actually made a “for profit video”. at least I haven’t seen one

    • E McArthur

      yes you can

  • Andre Moore

    well the song sucks so yeah he should sue for messing up his work!

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  • J-SMOOTH

    time was one of the dopest songz on that tape if you say it succz you must be a bitchazz hater

  • BibatheDiva

    Every sampling case has big implications for hip-hop. Hope it works out for everybody involved.

    • Not really, same rapper would sue if his hook were crooked & then sold.

      I’m surprised Master Don & The Def Committee didn’t sue Master P for stealing his name & song “Funk Box” (Make ’em go UghnNN! Nah Nah Na Nahhh!”)

      • hoeyuno

        They had to have got that cleared.that song was Britney spears big.. I wasn’t a no limit fan but that song was dope.

      • Check the original.

  • hoeyuno

    So the daughter was searching the net hoping someone sampled her dad’s shit??? she lucked out I guess.. coulda stumbled across some broke ass rapper like lil cease and woulda just had to live with it. Get your samples cleared people!!!

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  • Schooly B

    They used a shietty chop for the sample anyway. The transition on the loop is so sloppy it takes away from the lyrics of the song. They should sue for that alone.

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  • Randolph Granger

    I thought you could sample all you want as long as it’s for a free promotional mixtape….

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      someone tell him what he lost lol … thats like saying someone comes in your house steals all your wardrobe .. and you catch dude and hes like yo man im terribly sorry im a model i needed the cloths for free promotion !! LOL !!

      • Randolph Granger

        a facile analogy at best. nobody broke into leroy’s house to steal his masters and the mixtape is not for sale. this situation is more like a model buying some gucci belts and hats and then using them to take pictures for their portfolio. he may have a case if there was a for profit video made but I haven’t seen one

      • @Real_SirJamie

        No that analogy is stupid. It would be more like if you spent years coming up with a cake recipe, then when you perfected it, I come along, take said recipe, then all I do is put some icing on it and say “Hey everyone LOOK WHAT I MADE BY MYSELF! Here! HAVE SOME! By the way.. I HAVE A NEW COOK BOOK COMING OUT!! BUY IT!!!” It’s called PLAGIARISM sir. and whether profit is made OR NOT, according to U.S. law, The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).

      • Randolph Granger

        your right, that would be plagiarism provided you said you came up with the whole recipe yourself. however, we are talking about copyright infringement, which is different. copyright laws have several exceptions, including the “fair use” exception that have protected derivative works such as this one.

      • Actually, you can ad on to the recipe, not take away, according to copyright?

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Not if it’s in a cookbook you can’t. “Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook.” That’s from copyright dot gov.

      • Ok, not sure about that meaning, but “ThunderWear” is a holster design that “Smart Carry” basically copied, but they added a layer of Tyvex? as a moisture barrier, and it was legal.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Right, it’s like Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pibb, or (I know it’s fictional) McDonalds and McDowells. Even though neither sued. If it was really taken to court, And explained by experts showing the similarities, the original would win.

      • J.Erick

        Dumbass analogy..

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  • Ike’s Mood

    leroy’s people must be broke! you know how long that shit been out?

  • Wavpin

    broke people trying to make a buck .. no case there …

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  • Breeze

    you don’t have to get samples cleared for mixtapes. . . only albums. that’s why big seans control wasn’t on his album. and they just gave it to the djs

  • Mec-One

    Dude has the same hairline jeezy had in high school!

  • Raoul Cannon

    I hope they don’t expect much as this song was free and all they may recoupe after attorney fees is a few thousand $3k or $8k. They will have to wait a few years for that amount sadly. I probably would have simply asked Jeezy for a shout out or some promotion which could have helped them market their father’s music to other artist for cleared samples which they could live off of……………

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  • peaceman

    so many dumb niggaz in the comments. All think they are lawyers. Jeezy will end up settling out of court to avoid lawyer fees. Watch and learn niggers.

    • @Real_SirJamie

      Despite the last word… My sentiments exactly.

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