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In January word broke that Rick Ross was suing LMFAO for copyright infringement for their use of “Everyday I’m shufflin’” in their 2010 hit “Party Rock Anthem.” The lawsuit filed in Florida claims it rips off his lyric, “Everyday I’m hustlin’” from his breakthrough single “Hustlin’.” Now the party jam creators have responded back.
In LMFAO’s reply to the suit they admit to putting their spin on the lyric but felt it could be considered fair use. They also go on to take a couple shots at Ross’ street cred and bring up his days as a corrections officer.
No number was named in regard to damages but considering that “Party Rock Anthem” was pretty much an inescapable international hit, the dollar figure in this case could be somewhere north of private-island-buying money.
As far as Ross is concerned its not a small change situation. According to the suit, the phrase is “performed in a manner to sound like” Ross’ own, and “is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin’.” The suit goes on further to explain, “The phrase is so important to the success of ‘Party Rock Anthem,’ that LMFAO launched a highly successful clothing line, Party Rock Clothing, that features the phrase on T-shirts and other clothing items.”
No response from Ross’ camp hasn’t been issued yet.