For his breakout cut "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza," Mac Miller did what so many other artists do on free mixtapes—he rapped over a classic instrumental, in this case Lord Finesse's 1995 "Hip 2 Da Game." Rostrum Records, Miller and Dat Piff—which hosted the free mixtape—refused to comply with a cease and desist letter from Finesse earlier this month. So Finesse decided to sue for $10 million.
According to the complaint: "This is a case about a teenage rapper—Mac Miller—copying the music from a song written, produced and performed by Lord Finesse, a hip hop legend, changing the title and then distributing it under his own name in order to launch his music career."
But we've got to give this Fail to Lord Finesse. According to Miller, the two spoke about the track, Finesse was cool with it, and they even planned to work together in the near future. They're also still speaking on Twitter, again and again. Most ironic of all, Miller says Lord Finesse never cleared the Oscar Peterson sample he used on the original. Long story short, the kid was paying homage. This needs to be put to rest.
Check Mac Miller's video:
And here's Lord Finesse's: