Can’t Ban the Fat Man

As if the Notorious BIG didn’t already have enough problems, a judge recently ordered copies of his classic 1994 debut Ready to Die pulled – yanked – from record store shelves as part of a settlement in a sampling case.

It seems that one song from the album – the album’s title track, produced by the great but largely unheralded Easy Mo Bee – illegaly borrowed a bit from a 1971 Ohio Players song called “Singing in the Morning.”

The parties named in the suit, including Bad Boy Entertainment, Justin Combs Publishing, Bad Boy LLC, Universal Records, and Sean “P Diddy” Combs, were also ordered to pay $4.2 million in direct and punitive damages.

The copyright to the Ohio Players song, along with a gang of other old R&B records, is owned by a fellow named Armen Boladian, whose two companies, Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records, have built a cottage industry on suing record companies and individuals for illegal sampling.

XXL has audio of both of the compositions, so you can listen and decide for yourself which one deserves to be yanked from record store shelves.

The defendants – Diddy et al. – are planning to appeal the decision.

One wonders how long the album will be unavailable in stores, and whether or not it will be re-released without its title track. $4.2 million for one song that wasn’t even a single seems a bit much, no? It makes you wonder how much money is made from an album like Ready to Die.

You’ll notice that neither the Notorious BIG’s estate nor any other parties representing his interest (like his momma) were named in the suit. We can presume this is because Diddy and Universal Records still own all of Biggie’s publishing.

In fact, if it weren’t for Biggie’s publishing, it’s not likely Diddy would have a label deal with Warner Bros. I wrote about this recently at my own site.

Lil’ Cease and the Lox made an issue of this for a minute last year, while they were haggling Diddy to give them their own publishing back. Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, called Hot 97 and screamed on Lil’ Cease a bit for even bringing it up, but wouldn’t actually confirm whether or not she owned any of her son’s publishing.

I’ll take this case as proof she doesn’t.

  • daesonesb

    they dont even sound the same.
    this kinda shit would only happen in Tenessee. There are alot of uncleared samples floating around in hiphop, why they are going after bigg is beyond me.

  • http://www.easymobee.com Eric Moore

    Actually Biggie and Easy Mobee were named in the original suit, but they were dismissed, the issue was Biggie and Mobee turned the sample in and Bad Boy never cleared it. in fact Puff sued Biggie and Mobee when Bad boy was at fault all along.

  • carl

    yo y da fuck would dey take ready to die off da shelves! dats fuckin stupid yo. and expecially to biggie man i aint even gettin in to it

  • john cochran

    I would sue if a mothafucka samplied my shit illegally too, but 2.4 mil is too much for that old ass shit

  • Da King J-Hosa

    look biggie is still one of the best and to take his album off like that…thats fucked up

  • SHAAD

    THIS SHIT IS CRAZY..PEOPLE ALWAYS TRYIN TO GET SOME MONEY FOR NOTHING..THE CD HAS BEEN OUT FOR YEARS..SHIT AINT HURTING NOBODY

  • ROB G

    THATS ALL BAD HOW THEY GONNA BAN ONE OF THE GREATEST RECORDS OF ALL TIME???

  • Katari

    Im sure everyone has that album anyway.

  • bud

    biggie trash fuck east n west i hate new york with all my heart ya boyz r so soft

  • *B*L*A*Z*E*

    Biggie ain’t trash you faggot, may be u don’t like his style but dat ain’t no reason to degrade one of the legendary figgaz of hip-hop

  • Maurice L Dees

    How motherfuckers picture livin life after a night of fuckin around with me, And if you don’t like this rhyme’ then bring your big bad ass to California, cause we ain’t hard to find.

  • jilla

    das bullshit fuck dem old ass niggas dey wusnt shit compared ta biggie, faggots ass niggas go ta court ta get money make some new shit u bitches, how the fuck can u own musical notes

  • http://xxl.com Young Gutta Aka paper boy(Long live da king) MW

    Damn biggie .I don’t even know dat other nigga!!! The court must’ve been shoving ex-pills up dey ass!!

  • young_fane

    4.2 MILL..!?!?!?!?!? I BET EVEN THE SAMPLE BIG TOOK THE SONG FROM NEVER MADE THAT MUCH…….REAL SHIT…….AND WHY THEY GONE PULL THIS SHIT ALMOST 13 YEARS LATER……IF I WAS PUFF….I’D BE IN THE OFFICE WITTA A CHAIR AGAIN…..LOLOLOL……G.O.A.T = B.I.G

    GET REAL AND LEAVE HIM TO REST!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/keniver keniver

    jus go download it

  • http://myspace.com/dantaiinc jolly stomper rep

    biggie trash fuck east n west i hate new york with all my heart ya boyz r so soft
    ——————-
    hahaha a mufuka on a hip hop site hates ny?there would be no xxl,source or hip hop without ny mufuka-u sound like a bitch…and go 2 bed stuy and tell them niggas they soft…see what happen…

  • http://myspace.com/dantaiinc jolly stomper rep

    biggie trash fuck east n west i hate new york with all my heart ya boyz r so soft
    ——————-
    hahaha a mufuka on a hip hop site hates ny?there would be no xxl,source or hip hop without ny mufuka-u sound like a bitch…and go 2 bed stuy and tell them niggas they soft…see what happen…

  • http://myspace.com/futuriztik-muzik be-eazy

    of course diddy still has partial owner ship to BIG’s publishing. If Ms. Wallace had any ownership she would have been included in the lawsuit not just diddy’s companies and Universal. Thst dude is not going to give up that gwap… Biggie’s music and legacy plays a major role on his financial status today… {diddy wouldn’t be having this much success if it weren’t for biggie blowin the fuk up} i mean he woulda been rich and famous but not as much as he is now i think… BUT, thats how major companies do you… they f*&k u in tha a-hole and take your money if your not smart and don’t have a good lawyer… NOW, i think diddy is taking care of big’s kids gettin whatever they want and i bet they have college funds and all that and he prolly broke Ms. Wallace off wit aphat check to keep her unfocused on the bigger prize at hand… lol yep… :SMH: grimey…

  • joey doe

    BROKE ASS OLD SCHOOL FAGGIT ASS MOTHERFUCKIN’ ASS OHIO PLAYER BROKE ASS NIGROS SITTING AROUND WITH NOTHING TO DO BUT LISTEN TO A NOTORIOUS BIG ALBUM. HOW ELSE DID THEY FIND OUT. AND WHY DIDNT EASY MO BEE AND PUFF CLEAR THAT SAMPLE IF HES SUCH A GANGSTA AND SHREWD BUISNESSMAN. THERE ARE LEAKS IN EVERYTHING NO MATTER WHAT THE FUCK YOU DO, NOTHING IS FLAWLESS..ONLY AMERIE YOUR ALL THAT I NEED!

  • Milz

    Yo, yall niggaz sound super ignorant dissin the Ohio Players for suing dude. Those boyz made some real ass music and deserve a lil repect from yall lil niggaz. Read AND Comprehend. Uno.

    “The copyright to the Ohio Players song, along with a gang of other old R&B records, is owned by a fellow named Armen Boladian, whose two companies, Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records, have built a cottage industry on suing record companies and individuals for illegal sampling.”

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