Album: 3 Feet High and Rising
Producer: Prince Paul
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.
Twenty years before Flo & Eddie announced their delight at Gucci Mane's "Lemonade" being based on "Keep it Warm," the Turtles twosome slapped Prince Paul and co. with a $1.7 million lawsuit for not clearing the chirpy organ and swingin' strings from "You Showed Me" for De La's "Transmitting Live From Mars." How much is that in Mars money? A four-bar chunk of the Turtles song was looped to run throughout the 66-second bug-out track from the classic album Three Feet High And Rising. De La's lawyer was quoted as saying "I'm not saying there's no sample of the Turtles but other things are involved that are not the Turtles." But such reasoning did not stand the test of time. Sadly, albums like De La's debut would be impossible today due to sample clearance costs.