Group Alleges Ludacris Stole "Stand Up," Files Lawsuit

A record label has filed a lawsuit in United

States Court, Southern District of New York, alleging that Ludacris and Kanye

West took the hook for the hit single "Stand Up" from their single.

BMS Entertainment/Heat Music claims they handed

a demo of their group I.O.F. (Its Only Family) to Ludacris on four different

occasions between August 2002 and May of 2003. Court documents say the demo

was also personally handed to Kanye West in May of 2003.

The Demo contained their song "Straight

Like That" which they allege Ludacris stole.

"The industry has systems set up for artist

to get paid for their work," says Jeff Billingsley, CEO of BMS Entertainment/Heat

Music LLC. "In entertainment, many unsigned artists and producers have

had this problem; it's nothing new."

Billingsley said that he was not attempting a

get rich scheme, but had a legitimate gripe against Ludacris and West, since

the song helped fuel the platinum success of the album Chicken and Beer.

"We are not trying to do a get rich quick

scheme," Billingsley said. "They [I.O.F.] have their own buzz on the

streets and throughout the industry. We don't do business like that and no one

will take from us without being confronted. I.O.F. feel that they have been

done a disservice and want to take it through the proper channels and let the

courts decide."

The group is currently featured on the Spike

Lee "Home Invaders" soundtrack and have opened up for such acts as

50 Cent and NORE.