Cypress Hill Sued for Sample Used on 1991 Debut
Just last week, Drive-In Music Company filed a lawsuit against Leaders of the New School and Busta Rhymes for copyright infringement over use of a track on their 1991 debut album ‘Future Without a Past.’ It looks as though they won’t be slowing down with the legal proceedings anytime soon.
The company has just filed another suit in the Central District Court of California against Cypress Hill for using a sample of The Music Machine’s ‘Come On In’ on their 1991 track ‘How I Could Just Kill a Man.’ Drive-In also named Apple in the lawsuit for continuing to sell the track on its iTunes store.
In the suit, Drive-In claims that the track in question — included on the band’s self-titled debut — allows them to illegally profit from their copyrighted goods. The company is looking for an injunction to cease sales of ‘Cypress Hill’ and demanding that all available retail copies of the album be pulled from record stores.
Cypress Hill released its critically acclaimed debut in August 1991, becoming one of hip-hop’s most heralded albums. The double-platinum LP spawned the singles ‘Hand on the Pump’ and ‘The Phuncky Feel One,’ later being listed by Rolling Stone as one of the Essential Recordings of the ’90s and by Spin as the 57th greatest album of the ’90s.