This is getting nasty
It’s no secret that people like to snatch E-40’s words. The ever-inventive Bay Area legend is constantly coming up with new phrases and peppering them throughout his raps in a flow that sounds like thick soup bubbling.
It’s no wonder that people who are wowed by his performances are willing to jack his language. It definitely doesn’t help that he’s from “the soil where them rappers be getting their lingo from.” So it was only a matter of time before E-40 made the constant biting a legal matter. He’s suing author Erika Kane over the title of her book Captain Save A Hoe because it’s famously the name of one of 40 Water’s biggest hits. 40 claimed he owed the rights to the phrase in a lawsuit filed in November. Now, Kane is countersuing E-40, saying that 40 has no right to sue and that his meddling ruined several business opportunities.
The Jasmine Brand reports that Kane “denies all allegations of copyright infringement and demands his lawsuit against her be thrown out.”
The gossip website adds that Kane is “[counter]suing [E-40] for intentional business interference, saying the cease and desist letters he fired off to Amazon and other outlets caused her book to be pulled for sale.”
Kane is far from the first person to be slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit from a famous rapper. It’s just more common that the lawsuits are between fellow musicians. Producer Menace claimed he was hit with a lawsuit from Future’s team recently over the sound of Desiigner’s hit “Panda.” Given that Desiigner stole Future’s entire soul on that track, it’s amazing to think the lawsuit had to cite specifics but Menace said they sued for the song sounding too familiar to the Future hit “F**k Up Some Commas.”
“There was a situation with Future putting [an infringement] claim in because apparently, he said that ‘Panda’ sounded like ‘F**k Up Some Commas,’” Menace explained to XXL while telling the magazine why he hasn’t been paid for the hit. “So we were just about to see the checks but there’s been a lot of delays so we won’t see anything until next year anyway.”
What do you think?
Producer Mike Dean, who worked with Kanye West on The Life Of Pablo, responded with a scathing statement that he released to XXL:
“The kid lost the stems to the beat. It had some samples in the original from a film. I recreated some of the stems enough to patch up the beat and remove the samples. I was gonna recreate the whole beat then I found a way to keep it. Major labels don’t play with samples not being cleared The song would never have come out or cleared legal at Def Jam. If that’s nothing, then he’s right.
He should have better file management skills if he works at an electronics repair shop.
He should get facts straight before he speaks on my name. I let the claim go because I have better s**t to do than fight with people over BS. Hope he enjoys the bread and appreciates what I did to help him make $$. That’s about it. Menace, put some respek on my name.
And thank god Mike Dean removed your samples, youngin. Should throw me a few points from his pocket my way, but I am doing ok with or without the ‘Panda’ bread.
P.S. He should also thank Plain Pat (the best A&R in the world and my favorite co-producer) who made us (G.O.O.D. Music) all aware of ‘Panda’ in the first place.”
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