Judge Halts B.I.G. Album Sales Over Sample Issue

biggiechain11.jpgOn Friday (March 17), a judge in Nashville, Tennessee halted sales of the Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album after a jury decided that the title song “Ready To Die” sampled a part of the Ohio Players’ 1971 song “Singing In The Morning” without permission. Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy LLC, Justin Combs Publishing and Universal Records were also ordered to pay $4.2 million in punitive and direct damages to the song rights owners Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records. The defendants are planning to appeal the decision. Listen to both songs below and weigh in on your opinion:

The Notorious B.I.G. “Ready To Die” (Produced by Easy Mo Bee) (1994):

The Ohio Players “Singing In the Morning” (1971):

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  • Alston from St. Maarten (Caribbean)

    on the real, Yo yellow nigga, ya’ll and the rest of the world need to get off of BIG’s limp dead dick (R.I.R. (rest in respect)) cause he might have been the cat with the best flow at that time, but he ain nowhere close to the best ever and if he didnt go ghost he wouldnt have kept up with the game. People would have gotten sick of a fat black dude tryna dance with Diddy and pop champange no matter how many street records he had, it just isnt sexy. BIG aint had the lyrics like Nas, the versitality like Jay, the expression like Ghostface, or the hook savvyness of 50 cent. let dude rest, let hiphop live.

  • alex norales

    YO! i just finish listening to both songs and i think that judge it’s a dumba$$ because the songs don’t sound nothing alike and i believe this is another attempt to damage the integrity of hip hop because now that big’s new album came out it showed them that hip hop is getting bigger than any other genre of music so with this attempt of halting a classic album they are just trying to stop the HIP HOP REIGN!!!!one love!!!

  • Sam da Ruler

    How the hell you speak bout B.I.G, you no shoe wearing motherfucker go get a GIG, (get it) and stay off big’s d.i.c.k, before they find you in the middle of B.K, all in big’s name, what you mad cause the fat man had big fame, hater i’m from detroit and i still rep christopher wallace, and nope diddy aint had to put a single penny in my wallet, you ain’t hating on your own people, carribean cat go listen to his raps its english i hope you know it; its simple, and they ain’t gotta publish this line you fucking faggot.

  • Sam da Ruler

    The Ohio players just starving and found a hoes ass judge to feed them, damn motherfucker prolly won’t enjoy that money, B.I.G’s the greatest and that beat didn’t sound the same, these motherfuckers just looking for fame.
    313 Detroit loved biggie and we still do.

    • Big Jay

      The Ohio Players probably don’t own the rights to their music anymore. The Beatles don’t own their own music, I’m pretty sure Michael Jackson has the rights still.

      The Ohio Player just looking for fame? You must be an idiot who doesn’t know how to Wikipedia ANYTHING.

      Look up Funky Worm, and all the rap songs that have sampled it. Then when you figure out that you shouldn’t be talking about something you’ve got no idea about, do us a favor and have your internet connection cut off. We’d all be better without your ignorant mouth.

  • LESA

    ITS THE SAME HOOK YOU CAN EVEN HERE THE SINGER OF OHIO PLAYERS SAYING YEAH YEAH IN BIGS SONG THEY JUST SPED THE HOOK UP A COUPLE OF MILISECONDS. BUT ITS THE SAME HOOK FROM THE SONG AND YOU KNOW DIDDY HE THE SAMPLE KING BUT HEY I LOVE BOTH SONGS SO WHAT THE HELL. THEY SHOULD HAVE JUST GOT THE RIGHT FIRST LIKE THEY SUPPOSE TO DO THATS ALL

  • Jamelle

    I don’t know what song you other people were listening to but that song by the Ohio Players was definitely sampled. It was sampled and they should of been compensated for it. Period. Now you can be in denial all you want but if you listen to the song at 2:35 and listen to Biggie’s sound during the hook or the chorus it is evident that the song was sampled. That’s a no brainer. You’d have to be either deaf or in denial. I’m a fan and I’m not hating and neither are the Ohio Players it just is what it is……

  • http://XXL Kookie

    Okay, I’ve listened to both versions and they are simular, but that does not mean that it was sampled from them. Maybe it was done innocently and it was just a coinsodence that the two horns in each version of each song sounded simular. I think the Ohio Players should have not been awarded as much money as they were. What I would like to know is what does Bad Boy have to say about these allegations? And don’t think for a second that I’m kissing all on Biggie’s nuts because on the real to me, he was not the greatest MC that ever lived. Tu was.
    Holla

  • miguel maisonet

    it is definatly a sample but for them to wait until twelve years after the original release to pursue the issue is bullshit.Are they intimidated because he can flow better dead than they can alive? And to Alston from St. Maarten-come to NYand talk that shit! What you know livin way out there in Paradise? RIP BIG POPPA one love forever

  • JJ

    The Ohio Players aren’t the ones suing, they don’t even own the rights to their own shit. It’s THE MAN, who else??

  • T.C II

    It’s a sample of it without a dought, but damn i bet they planned to pull dis shit when it first came out.

  • killa j

    b.i.g is beyond all rappers and always will be .Absolutely no one can touch his nasty but well calculated flow…on another note this “singing in the mourning” song is long dead ,and the song owners should be happy that it is being heard again…good promotion 4 a song that was made in 1971. People need to stop crying about stupid shhhh.

  • D. Baggs

    Can’t we all just get along?
    Not as long as there is BIG money in the way, and thats what it’s all about here. EVERYONE wants a piece of the pie, don’t give them a piece, get served and sued! Even though they were helping to maybe bring back to life that dead 1971 song by some now unknown player that was just not good enough!
    Just look how it’s playing out, the REAL name of this game is big $$$, not free advertising or one newer artist bringing back to life the works of an older artist!

  • http://yahoo severe

    B>I>G the greatest of all time but diddy making my niggu biggie turn in hes grave..str8 disapointments diddy let em rest as the best rapper of all time..he even made a couple swagga jackaz..haha

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

    I Manage Easy Mobee, he did the sample, Bad Boy chose not to clear it in 1994 and again in 2003 when the album was re-released.
    Bad Boy had every chance to pay for the sample but chose to go to court and lied on Mobee sued him and said we never gave them the sample for clearance.

    Mobee testified that he DID use the sample, and Bad Boy still wouldn’t pay Bridgeport. the re-release of the album caused the drama all over again, Bad boy should have cleared the sample.

  • hezitate

    I’m sorry, but after about what, 12 yrs, Ready to Die went platinum, and after an enhanced release of the whole album; my question is, why the hell are these geezers all of a sudden pressing the issue now? I mean, you had plenty of time to sue whoever was responsible, while the issue was still fresh. David Bowie got his money and he didn’t waste no time when he sued Vanilla Ice for his song “Ice Ice Baby”. However I do feel that even in the re-release of the album, the rightful publishers should have been contacted, if the credits were not mentioned back in 1994; basically, there’s no reason to cry over spilled milk now. As far as the $ ordered to pay, $4.2 million is fair enough if you can calculate this over 12 years. I’d pay that wit no problem, and this transaction would’ve been discussed and settled along time ago before the shit hit the fan!

  • Manny

    They just fucked up and got caught….shoulda cleared it…

  • P.DIDDY & BAD BOY 4LIFE

    Message 2Mr Poster here saying Diddy is wack and bla bla diddy this.You can go fuck yourself well fuck the media anyway.Fuck You XXL iz cool but you aint no fucking review`er bitch.
    Suck a dick.As far goes that original track and shit.The guy who made it can S¤¤k ma dick fo suieng Bad Boy and shit its wack anyway.BIGGIES JOINT IS ORIGINAL AND MOTHAFUCKIN OLD COUNTRY ASS BAND SHOULD HAVE LET THAT CASE ALONE BIGGIE TOOK IT 2 ANOTHER LEVEL.
    FUCK YA BIGGIE HATERS!

  • Fe

    ^^^^
    STFU and take your 12 year old ass elsewhere.

  • machete

    that judge is a dumbas$ he dont know $hit on da real how da hell u gone say its sampled? what an a$$hole

  • Maurice L Dees

    Puffy gettin robbed like a bitch, to hide the fact he did some shit he shouldn’t have did.

  • http://DWE.COM THE TRUTH

    LISTEN TO BIG RIGHT @ 2MIN 53SEC. COMPARE TO THE O.PLAYERS @ 2MIN 33SEC. THE JUDGE JUST RULED ON SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE.DONT BLAME THE COURT SYSTEM LET THIS BE A LESSON TO ALL UP AND COMING ARTIST. REMEMBER SOMEONE OWNS THAT OLD SAMPLE YOU’RE USING FOR YOUR NEW SONG SO BEFORE YOU PLAY IT LOUD GET IT CLEARED!!!!!!!!!
    THE TRUTH HAS SPOKEN

  • Mainge nj

    There would be no B I G record without the sample of the Ohio Players record and the Willie Hutch record that runs thru the hold song do some research on original records before making stupid remarks they needed the samples that’s why they used it also check out Brooklyn Finest and you will hear the Ohio Players record ecstasy all over it. stop sampling if you don’t want to pay

  • Young cane

    SAMPLE. nothing wrong with that, but they should have cleared it.
    But to sue now is bull shit!!!! there should be a statute of limitations on this shit. Bigs record was released over 10yrs ago dammit!!!!
    You Americans will sue for anything wont ya!!!