Lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages from Mac Miller
On July 9, hip-hop veteran Lord Finesse filed a $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller, Miller's label Rostrum Records and mixtape site DatPiff.com.
According to the suit, Miller "willfully infringed plaintiff's exclusive copyrights" when he sampled Finesse's "Hip 2 Da Game" for "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza," a single off Miller's free 2010 mixtape, "K.I.D.S." The suit claims that Miller was then able to profit from the unauthorized sample by giving away mixtapes to build a fan base that would later buy albums and concert tickets. In November, Miller's "Blue Slide Park" became the first independently distributed debut album to arrive atop the Billboard 200 since 1995. Miller and his representatives declined to comment for this story, but the 20-year-old MC justified his sampling on Twitter.
"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," read a tweet posted to Miller's account (@MacMiller, 2.5 million followers) on July 11. "When I heard there was a problem, I reached out to him to try and solve it. No response."