Recently, Lord Finesse filed a lawsuit against Mac Miller over his unauthorized use of his 1995 single, “Hip 2 Da Game.” The DITC leader acknowledges the Mac Miller sample was only used for promotional purposes, but feels it contributed to his current success. Many veteran emcees often complain of how newer rappers do not pay homage, Mac Miller is among the few who do.
A rare mix of new school flows over old school instrumentals, Mac Miller has managed to fully escape the stigma which surrounds white rappers. With a solid, international, fan base and being an independent artist, Mac Miller has made history. This history has done nothing for the legendary Lord Finesse, who is suing Mac Miller for $10 million.
Mac Miller, going against his legal counsel, has decided to break his silence regarding the lawsuit. When he put the song together, at the age of eighteen, Mac Miller hoped to build a positive relationship with Lord Finesse, as he was paying homage. For his trouble, the young sensation has landed a lawsuit.
Read Mac Miller’s statement below:
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.