EXCLUSIVE: Doug E. Fresh Denies Any “Issue With Fox” in Empire Lawsuit
(AllHipHop News) There may be a lawsuit being waged against Fox’s “Empire,” but Doug E. Fresh has told AllHipHop.com exclusively that he is not part of the legal move.
“I had no idea. I don’t know the full scope. I’m so busy, I can’t keep up,” the legendary rapper told AllHipHop.
I don’t have no big lawsuit. I didn’t do nothing like that. I don’t have no problem with fox. I got music coming out for new years. i am just continuing on with what i do.”
Last week, a press release outlined a lawsuit and stated that Doug E. Fresh was one of the principle in litigation against the show “Empire,” the top show on Fox.
The suit stated:
“Publishing mogul and CEO of Wonderboy Entertainment, Rasheed Rahan Wonder has teamed up with Doug E. Fresh and songwriter Unique Mecca Hall to officially file a Multi-Million Dollar lawsuit against Fox’s top-rated show, “Empire”. The lawsuit contends that during season two of Empire, the show sampled the 1993 Doug E. Fresh hit song, “I-Ight” (Alright). The track was illegally sampled and used in the song “No Doubt About It,” which was performed on episode 3 by Pitbull and Jussie Smollett, as well as featured on Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 2 Volume 1. The song was produced for the show by Timbaland, who was recently replaced as the musical director of Empire after two seasons.”
Sources with AllHipHop have stated that the root of the legal move is with incarcerated songwriter Unique Mecca Hall , who is represented by Rasheed Rahan. Hall is the writer that created the popular chant in the Doug E. Fresh song. Hall in the lawsuit as he is currently serving life plus 20 years in prison.
Hall hopes to be released soon.
As for Doug E. Fresh, he told AllHipHop that he if had a lawsuit against the show, he would not deny it.
“If I did, I would say it. I definitely don’t. I have nothing to do with it at all,” he concluded.
He reiterated this sentiment on social media.