In response to a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit filed this past Tuesday by Hip-Hop legend Lord Finesse against Mac Miller, mixtape download site Datpiff.com and Rostrum Records, reps from the Pennsylvania-based label have released a statement on Miller’s behalf declaring their support for their artist and explaining the situation concerning Miller’s song “Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza” and Finesse’s “Hip 2 Da Game,” which Miller’s song samples.
Rostrum’s official statement reads as follows:
There have been a lot of misstatements online and in the press, so we thought it’d be best to make some brief comments. First and foremost, we stand by Mac Miller in this situation and we will fight the case together with him.
Mac never pretended that the ‘Hip 2 Da Game’ beat was his, despite what’s being said in the suit. Lord Finesse was given credit on both the video and the mixtape from the very beginning. We’ve never distributed ‘Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza’ for sale on iTunes and have consistently policed digital retailers and other sites to make sure that no pirates were ever illegally selling the song.
Lord Finesse has known about ‘Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza’ for a long time and never objected to the use. For some reason, he has very recently changed his mind.
We look forward to resolving this issue soon, and we appreciate all of the support that we have been receiving from the entire music community.
On Wednesday afternoon, Miller took to his Twitter account to address the suit, explaining that “Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza” was meant to be an homage to Finesse and claiming that he’d spoken to the D.I.T.C. alum after recording the song to “clear the air.” Finesse then took to his own Twitter account to retort, saying that Miller’s “people did not handle his business correctly” and that he “can’t take someone’s else’s entire song, shoot a music video and call it your own.”
Keep it locked to SoulCulture for more on this situation as it develops.