Lil Wayne Ordered To Turn Over Financial Records In Sample Clearance Case

Lil Wayne is once again the target of a lawsuit regarding sample clearance issues. A federal magistrate ordered the rapper to turn over financial records for his multi-platinum album, Tha Carter III to Urband & Lazar Music Publishing yesterday (March 18), reports the Associated Press.

The publishing company is suing Wayne for his unlawful usage of South African folksinger Karma-Ann Swanepoel’s song “Once,” for his track “I Feel Like Dying.” Although it does not appear on the disc, Urban and Lazar claim in their suit, which they filed last May, that the Grammy-award winning rapper promoted his CD by performing the song in concert and allowing fans to download it for free on his Web site.

Any ruling against Weezy can open the door for similar lawsuits as it is common practice for rappers to offer songs with uncleared samples for free, usually through mixtapes and other promotional means. However Wayne’s lawyers remain adamant that the lawsuit will have little success, responding in court documents, “Quite simply, ‘I Feel Like Dying’ did nothing for Mr. Carter’s career.”

Back In January, Wayne settled a lawsuit with The Rolling Stones, after it was ruled that his song “Playing With Fire” was a “clear derivative” of the rock band’s material. As a result, the track was removed from Tha Carter III and taken off all digital providers in every format.- Devin Chanda

  • JAY STONE

    First!!

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      The real reason he has to turn all this shit over is because He is getting worn down from the heave extortion I put him under! He can afford the $21 per month! After me, 40 Gloc, Spider Loc, and the Hoover Crips had him cornered he literally called me begging for his west coast pass! I then asked Denzel Washington (a Hoover Crip Capo) what to do, he said, “Shoe program nigga!, U ungrateful muthafucca, u know who I am! I’m a Hoover Crip!” I then initiated Queen Latifa into the Duce 9 Allie Crips! She got some fire!! One time I was @ the Lakers v Cavs game earlier and Jack Niccolson flashes a blood sign @ me I went the fucc of! I literally chased his blood affiliated ass around the Staples center for my nachos he owed me!! ECG-UNIT Crip 4 life SPIDER LOC 4 LIFE!

      • http://XXLmag Ellio

        hahaha, he’s returned

  • The_Truth

    ***This proves Lil Wayne is a certified superstar, why?? When the Rolling Stones and South-African folksingers find it worthy to sue you, it’s because your music has reached levels where it’s reached their ears.

    Diplomats have used sampled hooks for years in mixtapes and none of this has taken place, they’re not on a international superstar level. I’m not much of a Wayne fan, but face it. . .this proves his status.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Nah that aint the truth..it just shows weezy is a sampler.

    Nuttin orginal ’bout dude. No wonda certified bloods call him out in public.

    I’ll slap that homo if he keeps staring @ me.
    Yo ice might get snatch gay ass.

    • UARK83

      “Go-Getta’”…you do realize hip-hop is based on samples right??

  • Khayan from the Bronx

    I WANT TO KNOW WHO IS HANDLEING HIS BUSSINESS WHEN IT COMES TO CLAERING SAMPLES. AT THIS RATE HE IS GOING TO LOSE ALL PROFITS MADE FROM THE ALBUM. SOME BODY TELL BABY TO GET ON HIS JOB

  • m tizzy

    ill sample…but that track was doo doo

  • Mutada al sader the king

    I hope they sue the shit out of him and it sets a presidence for this kind of stuff. Rappers have been getting away with murder for the last 10 years with this.

    Sample someone elses work, release it as a “mixtape” track, on the internet and never clear the sample because it never was included on a commercial release.

    I hope they get all they are entitled to, then maybe motherfuckers will get off the samples and FL Studio and actually pick up an instrument instead of sample choping and point and click production.

    Fuck sample based production if its not done right. Most today dont do it right anyway. The dope ones who actually do it right are either washed up or singing with auto-tune.

    • YO PIMP DADDY

      MUTADA UR A DUMB MUTHAFUCKER U KNOW THAT? THE SOULJA BOY THAT U LISTEN TO IS ALL FRUITY LOOPS SO STOP HATING AND GET THE FAT DICK OUT UR VAGINA, MUSIC IS MUSIC QUIT BITCHIN

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    damn! financial records? the music biz is crazy!

  • beezie

    he aint worried bout profits frum c3 cuz bay done took all that jus like his manhood,so its babys problem lol

  • http://xxlmag.com $hawty Reg

    AAwwwwww C’mon Cortez…..U gotta do a better job at handlin this shit homie! I kno ya got a million dollar condo on the River Walk, but this aint a time to get comfortable. These broke niggaz is out for blood!!!

    Stay on ya job Tez Poe and you’ll be aight! ONE

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  • Young History in the Making

    Whats next? Wayne getting sued over the sample in the track “gossip”? Shit he even performed that track at the hiphop awards a year or so ago lol…its a world recession…people gon try to get money anyway they can….even if they have to sue for it…….awwready..

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