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Rapper Juvenile did not steal his most successful song from a rival New Orleans performer, a federal jury has ruled. Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, was sued by Jerome "DJ Jubilee" Temple, wRapper Juvenile did not steal his most successful song from a rival New Orleans performer, a federal jury has ruled. Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, was sued by Jerome "DJ Jubilee" Temple, who claimed he created "Back That Azz Up," Juvenile's 1998 hit. Jubilee and his record label, Positive Black Talk Inc., claimed Juvenile, Cash Money Records, and Cash Money's national partner, Universal Records, violated copyright laws by allegedly using the song without permission.
A New Orleans federal court jury ruled yesterday (May 5) in Juvenile's favor, deciding that the song was his creation and was not cribbed from a Jubilee song with a similar title. Both rappers testified in the trial, as did two experts: a University of New Orleans music professor who said the versions were similar; and a Tulane University professor, who testified they were not.
Jubilee is considered a pioneer of the New Orleans brand of rap, known as "bounce," which features singsong, call-and-response refrains and beats. His singles are popular locally, but national success has eluded him. He works as a high school special education teacher.
In interviews, Jubilee has cast himself as the unsung originator of songs and catch phrases that other local rappers copied, earning millions. His attorneys claim that Juvenile is one of those and are considering an appeal.
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