50 Cent has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by an aspiring rapper based in Atlanta, Georgia. Tyrone “Caliber” Simmons is accusing the New York MC of knowingly stealing a beat that he brought for exclusive use from producer William “Apex” Stanberry to create the hit 2007 single I Get Money for his third LP The Massacre.
Simmons, who filed the suit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, also named Stanberry, his company Apex Productions, LLC., Universal Music Group, Inc., Interscope Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and G-Unit Records.
A representative from 50 Cent’s record company declined comment, according to theAssociated Press. But the attorneys representing Simmons released a statement denouncing the alleged infringement.
“The misappropriation of copyright-protected material is an endemic problem in the music business, and particularly in the genre of hip-hop/rap,” said Louis D. Tambaro, an attorney from the New Jersey-based law firm Marks & Klein, LLP.
“This is one such case. Our client was granted exclusive rights to the I Get Money instrumental and was unceremoniously cut out of the loop when the defendants realized they had a huge hit on their hands.”
Simmons is asking for an unspecified amount in damages.