Yesterday we reported that hip-hop legend Lord Finesse was suing Mac Miller for $10 million over the Pittsburgh rapper’s use of his track “Hip 2 Da Game” for “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza,” a cut off Miller’s debut mixtape K.I.D.S. The lawsuit, Finesse tweeted, is about “the overall picture” of sampling and borrowing music rather than a particular shot at the young Miller, who was 18 when “Kool Aid” came out. Below you can read some of his tweets where he speaks on the situation with Finesse and explains his side of it. [RR]
I’m supposed to be on hush but lemme speak on this real quick.
1. I made that record and video as nothing more than an 18 year old kid who wanted to rhyme and pay homage, no other intentions.
2. Finesse and I spoke on the phone for an hour after he heard the record and cleared the air.
We even planned to work on music together. 3. All I wanted to do is shed light on a generation that inspired me.
4. When I heard there was a problem, I reached out to him to try and solve it. No response.
5. Finesse never cleared the Oscar Peterson sample on the original record. I did nothing wrong. We spoke on the phone had a good conversation, he was cool with the record. It’s all love tho. I ain’t even mad at dude. He still a legend.
Lord Finesse, thank you for what u did for hip hop. Thank you for bringing my favorite rapper into the game. I should just drop some new music.