Just one day before Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away, the band was slapped with a massive lawsuit.
Hip-Hop R&B label Tuf America filed the lawsuit on May 3rd alleging that the Beastie Boys illegally sampled four songs from the Tuf America label.
Mind you, these “illegal samples” occurred over 25 years ago.
The lawsuit claims that the Beasties sampled Trouble Funk’s song, “Say What” on the 1986 Beastie song “Hold It Now Hit It” as well as “The New Style” both on the bands debut album License To Ill.
The lawsuit also alleges that the Beasties used the drums from Tuf America song “Drop The Bomb” on their song “Car Thief” from their sophomore album Paul’s Boutique.
Doesn’t Tuf America have any sympathy for the fact that Adam Yauch has just passed away!? They still want to sue!?
Anyways, Tuf America also alleges that they sampled another Trouble Funk 1982 song called “Say What.”
Tuf America said they were able to conclude that the Beastie Boys illegally sampled elements of the songs after a “thorough sound analysis” of the tracks in question.
Even though the songs in question are from the 80’s, Tuf America claims that The Beasties and Capitol Records continue to profit off the album through anniversary releases of those two albums, License To Ill and Paul’s Boutique.
Tuf America wants a trial to determine punitive damages.