Hours after he was accused of stealing a sample to help catapult his career, Mac Millerâ€™s label reps have come forward with comments regarding the $10 million suit filed against him in a New York federal court by Lord Finesse.
The suit, filed against Mac Miller, Rostrum Records, and DatPiff.com, alleges â€œcopyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number of related state law claims,â€ for Mac Millerâ€™s sampling of Lord Finesseâ€™s 1995 track, â€œHip 2 The Gameâ€.
The track was sampled on Mac Millerâ€™s â€œKool Aid & Frozen Pizzaâ€ song from his popular K.I.D.S. mixtape.
The following is an official statement Rostrum Records on behalf of Mac Miller:
â€œThere have been a lot of misstatements online and in the press, so we thought itâ€™d be best to make some brief comments. Â Â First and foremost, we stand by Mac Miller in this situation and we will fight the case together with him. Â Â
â€œMac never pretended that the â€œHip 2 Da Gameâ€ beat was his, despite whatâ€™s being said in the suit. Â Lord Finesse was given credit on both the video and the mixtape from the very beginning. Â Weâ€™ve never distributed â€œKool Aid & Frozen Pizzaâ€ for sale on iTunes and have consistently policed digital retailers and other sites to make sure that no pirates were ever illegally selling the song.
â€œLord Finesse has known about â€œKool Aid & Frozen Pizzaâ€ for a long time and never objected to the use. Â For some reason, he has very recently changed his mind. Â
We look forward to resolving this issue soon, and we appreciate all of the support that we have been receiving from the entire music communityâ€.
Prior to the statementâ€™s release, Mac Miller took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the dispute, saying in part, â€œ1. I made that record and video as nothing more than an 18 year old kid who wanted to rhyme and pay homage, no other intentions. 2. Finesse and I spoke on the phone for an hour after he heard the record and cleared the air. We even planned to work on music togetherâ€.
To the contrary, in the suit, Lord Finesse alleges that the sample was stolen in a strategic effort to help Mac Miller build his fan base.