A Miami judge recently
issued a 26-page opinion stating that Slip-N-Slide Records has the right to release
an album that rapper Pitbull recorded prior to signing with the New York based,
The judge ruled
that Slip-N-Slide has the right to issue the album Welcome to the 305,
as long as it has a label affixed to the cover, stating that the release contains
previously recorded material.
the contested songs in 2001 for Slip-N-Slide prior to signing with TVT Records.
The final decision now rests in the hands of a U.S. District Court Judge, who
will review and approve or deny the opinion.
TVT claims Slip-N-Slide
is attempting to cash in on the rapper’s superstar status.
''TVT has invested
substantial time, effort and resources to develop [Pitbull] as an artist and
to develop, market and release the M.I.A.M.I. album on a worldwide basis. ''
Gottlieb said in court papers.
countered, claiming TVT hindered the project by sending out letters to distributors,
claiming the recording was illegal.
Ted Lucas stated that Pitbull had verbally approved of the release and had no
finds extremely significant the fact that the artist himself is not a party
to this lawsuit and the lack of any evidence that he has expressed any negative
feeling toward the release of 305,” the opinion stated.
stated that if the album is not in stores for the holidays, they would sue TVT
for $4 million in damages.