Lil Wayne Sues Producer Over Copyright Lawsuit

    Sampling lawsuits have become commonplace since the Biz Markie ruling in the early 90s; in the high-stakes game of mainstream hip-hop, where one sample can produce enormous wealth that gets you a house and cars worthy of Cribs, copyright law is a particularly troublesome issue. Lil Wayne, once a struggling independent rapper himself, knows the problems of sampling lawsuits all too well. After settling the bigger lawsuit with the Rolling Stones in February, Weezy is working on the case of another copyright infringement lawsuit involving folk singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel, who was sampled without permission on “I Feel Like Dying.” Instead of responding to the lawsuit, however, Lil Wayne is suing the song’s producer, Rebel Rock, which was supposed to acquire permission for all samples used in the song.


    The song was not included on Tha Carter III, but Swanepoel’s lawyers are claiming it nonetheless helped promote the album, which sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. last year.