Raymond Jones, a member of the group Hotstylz, has filed a lawsuit against Eminem and Interscope Records. The lawsuit claims Eminem sampled his song, “Lookin Boy,” without permission. Jones, professionally known as Raydio G, claims Eminem’s “Rap God” features a 25-second sample of his hit record. Raydio G is suing Eminem and Interscope for $8 million dollars.
Upon hearing Eminem‘s “Rap God,” fans and critics claimed both songs sound similar. This prompted Hotstylz to record the song, “Rap Fraud,” a song that dissed Eminem’s daughter. Hotstylz was signed to rapper Yung Joc‘s record label, Swagg Team Entertainment, back in 2007. Hotstylz’s “Lookin Boy” peaked at Number 47 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts.
This is not the first time Eminem has been sued for copyright infringement. Back in 2003, Harlene Stein claimed Eminem and Dr. Dre unlawfully sampled her late husband’s music on their song “Guilty Conscience.”Whether the case was settled or dismissed was not released to the public. Music sampling in the recording industry is a common practice. A majority of music producers sample tracks in their songs. In order to avoid a music sampling lawsuit, permission from the owner of the song must be granted first.
Eminem may have been sued for copyright infringement, but he has also filed a lawsuit for breaching copyright laws. The rapper sued the National Party for using his song “Lose Yourself“ in its campaign advertisements. The National Party states it purchased the rights to use the music from Beatbox Australia. Beatbox claims it secured the license through Apra/Amcos. Apra/Amcos is the Australian body that acts as local agents for music licensing companies around the world.
Although the National Party believes it did not act unlawfully, it immediately stopped using “Lose Yourself” in its advertising. The campaign chairman, Steven Joyce, believes Eminem’s lawsuit is aimed at getting money and free publicity. “I think these guys are just having a crack and have a bit of an eye for the main chance because it’s an election campaign. So good on them, but we’ll be contesting it pretty seriously. We don’t believe they’ve got any grounds at all and we suspect it’s politically motivated.” The lawsuit was filed last year, and it is still pending.