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Beastie Boys Hit With Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

The Beastie Boys were slapped with a lawsuit just one day before the passing of member Adam “MCA” Yauch.

According to AllHipHop, R&B label Tuf America hit the Beasties with a copyright infringement lawsuit May 3 over samples used on their smash albums, Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique. Tragically, MCA died the next day, May 4, after a three-year bout with cancer of the salivary gland.

In particular, Tuf America’s lawsuit alleges that Licensed to Ill cuts “Hold It Now Hit It” and “The New Style” illegally sampled Trouble Funk’s 1982 record “Drop The Bomb,” while the group also used chunks of Funk’s “Say What” for “Shadrach” off Paul’s Boutique.

The label also alleges that the Beasties and Capitol Records have continued to capitalize via anniversary and commemorative releases of each album, again according to AHH, and are seeking a trial to retrieve possible damages.

This is certainly not the news the Beasties want to be hit with after losing the founder of their group. After Yauch’s passing last Friday, the hip-hop community has delivered heartfelt sentiments in remembering the fallen MC, especially fellow Beastie members Ad-Rock and Mike D.

“as you can imagine, sh** is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support,” Ad-Rock posted on the group’s website,

Mike D followed with his own message on the group’s official Facebook page.

“I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now,” he wrote. “But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam.” —Jakinder Singh

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