HuffPo – Ross is suing the electronic-rap duo, claiming they lifted the line “Everyday I’m shufflin'” for their 2010 hit, “Party Rock Anthem.” Ross used the lyric first — except his was “Everyday I’m hustlin'” — in the 2006 song “Hustlin,'” which appeared on the rapper’s debut album, “Port of Miami.” The Hollywood Reporter obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which claims, “The use of ‘Hustlin’ in ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is readily apparent, despite the slight change from ‘Everyday I’m hustlin” … to ‘Everyday I’m shufflin” … and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work.” Ross is accusing LMFAO, which includes Stefan Kendal Gordy (Redfoo) and Skyler Austen Gordy (Sky Blu), of “perform[ing] in a manner to sound like” his own track. The rapper is seeking an injunction and maximum statutory damages, according to THR.
Since I always want to be fair and equal here are the two songs in question:
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
This is an actual recording of a real live tire fire fueled by bags of dog shit (yet secretly its kind of awesome)
Rick Ross – Everyday I’m Hustlin’
The Fat Man actually did a pretty solid job on this track. The best one off of his debut Port of Miami? Maybe I don’t know I haven’t listened to it in a while and I’m not going to do that right now for the purposes of this blog but I do remember this CD (feeling a little old right about now) being pretty hot in the streets back in ’06
This time we all lose Johnny. I mean ferchissake, has anyone ever composed a more ridiculous sentence than “Rick Ross is suing LMFAO for violating Intellectual Copyright”? Nobody could have right? Like this shit is just straight up and down fake life as all hell. Can you imagine the plate of awfulness that the judge or whoever it is that has to hear this lawsuit and then file a proper ruling has to eat everyday he goes to work. Fucking-A man, fuck-ing-A. Shit and we think our jobs suck. That guy’s job sucks a giant bag of dicks (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Anyways how about Rick Ross’ timing with this lawsuit huh? The song in question, “Party Rock Anthem” was #1 on the Billboard 100 in 2010 and was used during the Super Bowl Halftime show in 2012. So filling a lawsuit for “stealing” the phrase “Everyday I’m hustlin'” in 2014 is the obvious move. Fucking nobody would see that coming! Perfect time to get the drop on LMFAO. A legalese tactical genius, this Rick Ross is I tells ya. Not a chance Redfoo and Sky Blu had their shit together for a lawsuit. So ya, I guess you could say its safe to assume that Rick Ross is doing quite well these these days, financially speaking. Good job, good effort.