Cash Money Records Scores Third Lawsuit in One Week
Cash Money Records hit for the trifecta last week, racking up their third lawsuit on Friday (June 10), when they were sued for an undisclosed sum by publishing company Bridgeport Music, over illegal usage of the song ‘You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks’ by Funkadelic.
The copyright suit, filed in the Central District of California Western Division, states that the folk rhyme ode from George Clinton and his band’s 1971 classic ‘Maggot Brain’ was allegedly sampled by Lil Wayne and Bryan “Birdman” Williams’ on ‘Army Gunz,’ a track from their 2006 collaboration album, ‘Like Father, Like Son.’ According to the court report, Cash Money Records, Wayne and Birdman, along with parent company UMG Recordings, Universal Music Distribution, Young Money Publishing and Warner Tamerlane Publishing have all been named in the suit, but not the song’s producer, DJ Nasty.
Weezy’s label was sued on Thursday (June 9) by producers Play-N Skillz, claiming more than $1 million in unpaid royalties for their T-Pain-featured track, ‘Got Money,’ which Wayne released on ‘Tha Carter III,’ the fifth such lawsuit from ‘TC3′ producers chasing pay. Cash Money was also named in a $1.5 million suit by producer-songwriter David Kirkwood on June 3, for unpaid royalties from ‘TC3′ bonus track ‘Love Me or Hate Me.’
While Birdman, also known as Baby, gets his act together, Wayne is still hard at work on his highly anticipated album, ‘Tha Carter IV,’ which is scheduled for an Aug. 29 release.