6. Lord Finesse Sues Mac Miller for Using His Beat on a Mixtape
Date: June 11
For as long as its been in existence, mixtape culture has allowed rappers to hop on one another's beats, much in the way that a hummingbird flitters amongst the flowers. As long as these songs aren't for commercial release, lawyers can't get involved, right? Wrong, said Lord Finesse (and his attorneys), who filed an exorbitant $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller, his label (Rostrum) and those who love him (DatPiff) in the hopes of getting some heat and/or money in an era in which he lacks both. (Finesse, celebrated and popular during the 1990s, hasn't made much noise since.)
There's a case to be made that Mac's song in question, "Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza," made money through YouTube ads and Lord Finesse could be entitled to some of those, but instead Finesse believes that his beat has been instrumental to all of Mac's success, so he's going for the whole pie. And what do you call pie that isn't yours? Nacho pie. What's crazy is that the work sampled by Finesse isn't even his own creation! It's based around an Oscar Peterson sample, which he himself never paid for. Nacho pie, indeed.