Fun Fact: The second part of Wiz Khalifa’s stage name stems from an Arabic word that means “successor” and wisdom. Not-so-fun Fact: Wiz may not have done the wisest thing.
The Pittsburgh artist is in hot water with Cymple Man, a Georgia rapper who is accusing Wiz of stealing his song. According to the southern artist, Wiz ripped him off after he came to him for career help.
While song sampling — also know as taking a piece of another artist’s song — has become the “it” thing to do in hip-hop, this might have taken it a little too far. So, Cymple is suing the Rolling Papers artist.
Cymple Man’s lawsuit is coming a few years after the fact, as the song Wiz allegedly stole was released in 2015. Remember “Most of Us” by Wiz? The track was a part of the rapper’s 2016 compilation album, KHALIFA.
On the record, the four-minute-long song was produced by I.D. Labs while being written by Eric Dan, Jeremy Kulousek, and Wiz himself. Off the record, according to Cymple, Wiz stole the song’s essence, beat, and the main lyrical frame from him.
Cymple claims that he ran into Wiz at an airport in Salt Lake City back in 2012. Thinking that Wiz would be the perfect person to help him break into the industry or to collab with, Cymple made it a point to chat with the established artist and offer him a taste of his work.
During their interaction, Cymple says he gave Wiz two copies of a song he had written, titled “Most of Us.” Two years later, Wiz’s “Most of Us” hit the radio. About three years after that, Cymple is suing Wiz for swiping his work.
Per the suit, Wiz’s 2015 song of the same name “unmistakably copies the essential elements” of Cymple’s song. Cymple is requesting damages alongside requesting that Wiz not use the song anymore.
In Wiz’s defense, besides the repetition of the words “most of us” and the title of the song, the tracks are pretty different. Cymple’s version is very politically charged, while Wiz’s is more of a don’t-mess-with-the-gang type of song. With different beats and different messages, both records are individuals in their own right. However, the court will have the final say.
Fortunately, Wiz has been a lot wiser with his decision making in the new year. Earlier this month (Jan. 5), while doing a radio interview with 92.3 in Los Angeles, Wiz was asked to freestyle about the mother of his son and his ex Amber Rose.
Over the beat of Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” the rapper kept it civil, refusing to buy into the station’s ploy for controversy. “I don’t want no drama,” he started. “Why you gotta bring up my baby mama?”
“I still love her, she love me too,” he went on. “You think I’ma talk bad about her you’re through.”
The duo has maintained an it’s-all-love relationship, even as Amber and Wiz’s mom battle it out in court. The rapper’s mom filed a civil suit against Amber after the Sl*t Walk founder allegedly bad-mouthed her. According to the complaint, Amber called an associate of Wiz’s mom, Katie Wimbush-Polk, and defamed her character, calling her an unfit parent.
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