Lord Finesse says that he never wanted to pursue legal action, but felt obligated given the circumstances.
Lord Finesse has issued a statement regarding his $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller over the unauthorized use of his track "Hip 2 Da Game" for a 2010 mixtape cut.
In the statement, the Hip Hop veteran explains that the issue lies beyond sampling. “I love mixtapes but this is different. And it’s not a sample," stated Finesse. "Mac didn’t take a piece of music and create something new. He didn’t transform it into something other than what it was. He just dropped the needle on my record and changed the title.”
Finesse insists that he did not give permission to Mac to use the song. He says that he's seeking "proper credit and compensation," and that he attempted to resolve the situation and never wanted to pursue legal action.
“Permission was never given. A lot of money was made on my song," he continued. "At the end of the day, I only stepped to these people for proper credit and compensation. I have done a lot of great things in hip hop and I never wanted a lawsuit. Never. I made every attempt to resolve this. But, when I reached out to these people their attitude was I should be grateful Mac was using my music to sell out concerts because it keeps me relevant. How does it keep me relevant if I’m not being credited or compensated? You’ve heard Mac, you’ve heard a portion of it from me. The truth will come out in court.”