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Rick Ross Sues Over LMFAO's Hit "Party Rock Anthem"

(AllHipHop News) Rick Ross has a long memory and he has not forgotten the hit song “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO.

The rapper has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against dance rock group for swiping pieces of his hit record “Hustlin'”.

The 37 year old rapper is not pleased with the fact that the 2010 song has lyrics “Everyday I’m shuffln’,” which are very close to his raps, “Everyday I’m hustlin’.”

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“The use of ‘Hustlin’ in ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is readily apparent, despite the slight change from ‘Everyday I’m hustlin” to ‘Everyday I’m shufflin” and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work,” the lawsuit claims in documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

The lawsuit also says, “The phrase is so important to the success of ‘Party Rock Anthm,’ that LMFAO launched a highly successful clothing line, Party Rock Clothing, that features the phrase on T-shirts and other clothing items.”

The rapper seeks an injunction and maximum statutory damages from LMFAO

  • The_Councilman

    LMFAO (pun intended), this is hilarious, coming from a man who stole the name and likeliness of a real man for his own success; and claims he did no such thing, and won the case in court. This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

  • Sean Power

    Ross most need the money thugs sue for words lol

  • Jayson C Williams

    Officer Ricky went and told.. lol I ain’t mad get ya bread

  • Boomie Rogers

    man u fat bastard… idk what to say i jus dont like rick ross aka William Roberts. 37 and using another mans name as your own but suing for almost the same thing.

    • U.P.T.nw4eva

      50 Cent took another man’s name and his family wasn’t pleased either. The real 50 Cent robbed people, 50 made a song how to rob. It’s a name get over it. As far as this lawsuit he has a case. Plenty of artist get sued for using elements of songs without permission. Look at Robin Thicke he is going to lose a lot of money. Hate him because he lied but this article is about copyright infringement. They will probably settle out if court.

      • Jared

        Ironic but smart move.

      • FRUKOH

        the real 50 cent himself didnt have a problem with 50 cent taking his name, so the 2 cases are not the same. plus 50 did his thing in the street whereas rick ross didnt.

      • Boomie Rogers

        Thank u

      • Lebron’s_Hairline

        He didnt have a problem with it cause he was dead when 50 came out.

      • FRUKOH

        point still remains, the 2 cases arent the same (i.e 50 and officer bwoy)

      • Boomie Rogers

        Nigga shut up. Yea it’s a name. That ain’t the point. It’s the principle of it. And this article or my comment has nothin to do with those other niggaz. Selfie takin a** nigga.

      • Boomie Rogers

        And honestly it’s just my opinion of Rick Ross. I’ve seen a few interviews with the nigga and he jus seems so genuinely full of sh*t. Everything about him is a facade. And yea yea rappers don’t live these certain lives they portray, I mean as a person.

      • Celz

        What the fucc does 50 have to do with it? 50 dissed Ja Rule for singin and then proceeded to sing all over his top songs.. He’s done some shyt I don’t agree with and Ross is faker than Brutus the Barber Beefcake. Two wrongs don’t make a right it makes two wrong niccas..

      • Boomie Rogers

        Thank u!

      • Erk073

        No fifty got with the fam of real 50 paid for tombstone and I’m sure he look out for the real 50 family.

  • brotha_man

    the judge is gonna laugh his a$$ outta court

    • hoeyuno

      Haha yea this will be interesting. he’s gonna have to watch them white boys with long hair in speedos to really soak in the evidence.

  • Dadon850

    First of all, not only is Rick Ross a fraud, he is legally a fraud. The judge even said so. Secondly, this lawsuit is frivolous. You cannot copyright lines in your music. If that was the case, rappers would get sued all the time for biting lyrics from legends. Rick Ross needs to sit his fat azz down.

    • Jared

      Nah bruh you can go into litigation for that. It happens all the time.

      • Dadon850

        And you’ll get laughed out of court and get stuck with the other party’s court cost.

      • Jared

        Do the research on this topic. Happens all the time. This just went on with Marvin Gaye and the white singer (forgot the name at the moment). Not saying they always win but if it always happens there is incentive for litigation.

      • Dadon850

        We’re not talking about the song itself or the beats, we’re talking a specific lyric. If you make a song and say, “I’m superman and I can fly” and if I come behind you and make a song saying “I’m Joe Schmo and I can fly”, you won’t win if you sue me. You can try, but you won’t win. If I use your music, you will win. Lyrics, hell no.

      • Jared

        Bruh I’m going to do the research real quick while at work and respond. My understanding is if you trademark that “I’m superman and I can fly” someone else would need to get permission or risk litigation.

      • Dadon850

        Read the Rappin 4 Tay story on this site about Drake biting his lyric. Let him sue Drake and see how that works out for him. Hell, Master P said in a song, “From the cradle to the grave, dear mama, keep ya head up”. That’s three Tupac songs in just one line. You think Tupac estate would waste money suing over that?? Stealing music is one battle, biting lyrics is another.

      • Jared

        Robin Thicke

    • LexxBrown

      Dam his name aint even Rick Ross. LOL he has to be kidding. And he wasn’t the one hustling.

  • hoeyuno

    Remember the dude who use to do the officer Ricky parodys..them joints were hilarious:

  • MR..ASS..TO..MOUTH..

    well aint this a blip this nigga steals a man whole life like it’s the thing to do wants to sue over a few words. that’s like a thief calling the cops cuz he got robbed.

  • Perico777

    This nigga here the biggest fraud i seen thus far. This nigga took another niggas whole image and now this nigga sues over that shit???

    • Erk073

      Ain’t it man

  • Jared

    That’s the most ironic shit I heard all year, LOL. He’s a paper gangster for show though. He let they shit bubble. Smart move.

  • iamwhoiam

    THA FUK?!?!

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  • Havoc Wreaka III

    Annndd that’s end of his cRap career

  • FRUKOH

    This coke sniffing frauds time is coming, he think he scarface but he ‘aint see the end of the movie!’

  • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    it took him this long to start this?

    • Jovaughn

      Well this is a smart move on his part. You let the song blow up and become a big success, then you sue for a substantial amount of money. No different from what other genres did to hip-hop artist.

      • David Gonz

        yea. if youre white.

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        but it did all that 2-3 years ago. it has since faded. I could understand a year 1/2 ago but now???!?!?!

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  • johnblacksad

    He ain’t arrest them yet?

  • HEISENBERG

    Rick Ross……Did he pay for that name he’s using then?..

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  • CanYouAllHearMe

    WILLIAM ROBERTS MAKES ME SICK

  • 1hiphophiphop

    Wonder what you would say if it was a rapper who you like suing.

  • Crenshaw on my shirt

    U stole a nigga whole name and persona and u wanna sue for somebody sampling yo song? This nigga LOL

  • Truth Powell

    This is a square move on Ross’s part.

  • Black Jay

    Damn Ross….. Don’t you know how this makes you look? You stole a name. Now you’re complaining that someone stole a phrase. Are you serious?! To be fair though, Ross will lose this one. Why? Just ask Weird AL about it….

  • Apricot Napalm

    Of all ppl suing for stealing a likeness – Smh

  • HatesElvis

    Fat hating,snicth, name stealing ass nigga gone take somebody 2court what the hell..

  • infinit221

    Have yall actually heard the song? I would be tight too, it was plain plagiarism.

  • AlbertoRipRon

    LOL that money is drying up, huh Ross? Gotta do what you gotta…