Lil Wayne Sues Producer Over Concert Song
Cash Money Records rapper Lil Wayne is taking the offense with a new lawsuit against a producer who used a sample for a song without permission from the original artist.
According to the suit, which was filed last week, Lil Waynes lawyers claim Coconut Creek, Florida-based Rebel Rock Productions Inc. produced the rapper song I Feel Like Dying and was responsible for obtaining any necessary licensing agreements.
The new lawsuit comes months after a suit was filed against Lil Wayne last year.
In that suit, the rapper was accused of copyright infringement as it claimed the entertainer did not garner permission to sample Karma-Ann Swanepoels folk song, Once, on I Feel Like Dying.
Thus far, there has been no response from Rebel Rock regarding Lil Waynes claims.
A telephone number for the company, which does not have a lawyer named in court records, has been disconnected.
Although I Feel Like Dying was not featured on Lil Waynes hit album, Tha Carter III, an attorney for the songs publisher, Urband & Lazar, maintained that the song was used to promote the album.
The rapper is accused of performing the song in concert in addition to having allowed fans to download it for free on his website.
Lil Waynes lawsuit against Rebel Rock is the latest legal situation involving the New Orleans native.
In March, Lil Wayne was ordered by a federal magistrate to turn over financial records for Tha Carter III, to Urband & Lazar Music Publishing.
Last year, Tha Carter III song Playing With Fire was at the center of a copyright infringement and unfair competition, lawsuit filed against Lil Wayne by Abko Music Inc.
As a result, the tune was taken off the track list of Tha Carter III on all online music stores.
It was replaced with P***y Monster, a song produced by rapper David Banner.