The Hip Hop Week In Review: Mac Miller Settles Lord Finesse Lawsuit, Andre 3000 Talks Outkast Reunion
Mac Miller settled his lawsuit with Lord Finesse, while Andre 3000 addressed Big Boi's unofficial Outkast remixes. Chief Keef got served a 60-day sentence.
This week, Mac Miller put an end to Lord Finesse's $10 million lawsuit over the allegedly illegal sampling of his instrumental for a track on his free mixtape. Meanwhile, after Big Boi hopped on the remixes to T.I.'s "Sorry" and Frank Ocean's "Pink Matter," Andre 3000 broke his silence on the matter, releasing a statement where he explains that the songs are in fact not Outkast reunion songs and that fans shouldn't mistake them for legitimate collaborations. Finally, Chief Keef met his fate earlier this week after a judge ruled that he violated his probation. After tearfully pleading with the judge, Keef was sentenced to 60 days in a juvenile detention center.
Mac Miller & Lord Finesse Settle $10 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
The Mac Miller and Lord Finesse saga has finally come to an end. In July 2012, the veteran rapper filed a staggering $10 million lawsuit against the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania emcee, claiming that he jacked his instrumental for "Hip 2 Da Game" and used it on the mixtape cut "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza." Finesse alleged that Miller was indirectly profiting from the use of the instrumental, claiming that he was getting stiffed on royalties. After a series of responses to one another ensued, HipHopDX exclusively uncovered the settlement documents that Miller filed in New York City, New York last month. Though the specifics of the settlement are yet to be revealed, Miller spoke briefly on the subject, stating that he didn't think he was at fault. "If that was really a problem, people would be getting sued left and right," he said.
Andre 3000 Dismisses Big Boi Remixes As Outkast Reunion
It's been years since Andre 3000 and Big Boi teamed up for an Outkast reunion record. After Three Stacks almost altogether vanished from the Hip Hop scene, Daddy Fat Sacks hopped on a pair of tracks released last year: T.I.'s "Sorry" and Frank Ocean's "Pink Matter," both of which featured 3K. Fans were quick to call the songs an official Outkast reunion, but Andre swiftly released a statement denying that the songs were officially sanctioned. "I never want to mislead our audience - I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations. I discussed this rationale with Big, Frank and T.I. and everyone agreed. That is why I was surprised to read about these remixes," he wrote. "I understand that anyone can put out an unofficial remix to any song but I have an obligation to be honest with fans about what this is … and what it isn't."
Chief Keef Sentenced To 60 Days For Probation Violation
Chief Keef's day in court has finally come. The 17-year-old rapper was sentenced to 60 days in a juvenile detention center earlier this week after a judge ruled that he violated his probation. Keef, best known for his breakout single "I Don't Like," was initially reprimanded back in December 2011 for pointing a gun at policemen during a short-lived chase down the street. Keef was put on probation for 18 months, but then things got iffy for the young spitter. Keef conducted an interview with Pitchfork at a gun range, which led prosecutors to target him for violating probation. After Keef appeared in court earlier this week, a judge found him guilty of going against the law. In court on Thursday, he tearfully pleaded with the judge to grant clemency, but he was instead given a relatively brief sentence. He will be released from detention in March 2013.
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