Rostrum defends Mac Miller
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Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller's record label Rostrum Records said Friday Miller did not unlawfully sample and distribute New York rapper Lord Finesse's beat, "Hip 2 Da Game," in Miller's tune "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza."
Lord Finesse (aka Robert Hall) filed a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, against Miller (aka Malcolm McCormick), Rostrum Records and the mixtape website DatPiff.com.
"Mac never pretended that the 'Hip 2 Da Game' beat was his, despite what's being said in the suit," according to the record label statement. "Lord Finesse was given credit on both the video and the mixtape from the very beginning. We've never distributed 'Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza' for sale on iTunes and have consistently policed digital retailers and other sites to make sure that no pirates were ever illegally selling the song.
"Lord Finesse has known about 'Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza' for a long time and never objected to the use," according to the record label's statement. "For some reason, he has very recently changed his mind."
Lord Finesse is represented by Brian Levenson and Matthew Schwartz of Schwartz & Ponterio in New York. The firm did not return calls for comment.
First Published July 14, 2012 12:00 am