50 Cent and Lil Kim Sued Over “Magic Stick” Royalties
Producer Carlos “Phantom of the Beat” Evans has filed suit against 50 Cent, Lil Kim, Rotten Apple Records and Atlantic Records over unpaid royalties for the song “Magic Stick.” According to the Associated Press, Evans’ suit claims that the producer was paid a flat $7,500 fee for his work on the song, but never received additional royalties as he was promised. “Magic Stick” was originally recorded for 50 Cent’s 2003 Interscope debut Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ but instead ended up on Kim’s La Bella Mafia LP on Atlantic Records. The single rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Singles chart and the album was eventually certified double platinum. “It was one of the hottest tracks on that album, and I didn’t collect my royalties,” Evans said. But according to attorney Theodore Sedlmayr, who represents 50 Cent and Rotten Apple, a royalties audit is being held up due to a sample used on the track. “Atlantic is trying to get it straightened out,” Sedlmayr said. “If after the accounting Mr. Evans is entitled to anything, he’ll get it then.” Atlantic Records declined comment when contacted by the AP, citing a policy against discussing pending litigation.