With all the sampling that happens in rap music circles, it’s hard to keep all those references-within-references in check.
Or in this case, pay check.
That’s the familiar narrative taking place on behalf of Lil Wayne and his legal team.
The Young Money rapper is taking it to the mean streets of copyright infringement court against Quincy Jones III, son of Michael Jackson’s legendary record producer Quincy, for using a few of the rapper’s songs in a documentary about…Lil Wayne.
A rapper suing for the use of the rapper’s music in a rao documentary about the very rapper who’s suing in the first place? It’s like the hip hop version of “Inception.”
Jones was initially in cooperation with the YMCMB mogul, allowing a camera crew to follow him around during the filming.
He’s since reportedly dissed the production of the now unauthorized documentary and its attempt to create a “scandalous portrayal” out of him.
Now he’s asking for unspecified damages and an order banning Quincy from using his music since they never sought his permission to using hits like “Lollipop,” “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” “A Milli,” and “dontgetit” all off Tha Carter IV.
Copyright breach is a familiar topic for Tunechi.
Just a year ago, Weezy was on the opposite side of an infringement suit of $15 million—sued for allegedly stealing “BedRock.”
In May 2010, he was sued for also allegedly sampling a song for “Lollipop” without the original source’s permission.
Pot, meet kettle.