Published Feb 08, 2013Rick Ross may be gearing up for a Grammy win this weekend for his latest LP, God Forgives, I Don't, but now the rapper is also facing a lawsuit over one of its tunes. A gospel group is looking to take the rapper, as well as collaborators Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, to court because of an uncleared sample on the album's "3 Kings."
As All Hip Hop reports, the case was filed on Wednesday (February 6) against the three rappers, producer Jake One and Universal Music Group in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by plaintiffs Clara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary. The pair own the rights to the Crowns of Glory's 1976 number "I'm So Grateful (Keep in Touch)," which was sampled on "3 Kings," but according to the lawsuit, Ross did not properly obtained the rights to use the track.
While Weary got a writing credit for the song, the lawsuit says that he was never contacted or compensated.
According to court documents, Warrick and Weary are suing for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices, unfair competition by misappropriation, conversion and unjust enrichment. They also claim that the "3 Kings" music video, which has nabbed millions of views, counters their own beliefs system and is doing damage to their image.
The lawsuit reads: "The video includes very graphic depictions of drug use, vulgarity, nudity, gun violence, criminal conduct, actions demeaning to women and many other items that are certainly inconsistent with Plaintiffs' wishes for how Plaintiffs' song would be portrayed."
In regards to this weekend's Grammy Awards, where God Forgives, I Don't is up for Rap Album of the Year, Warrick and Weary also believe the grand-scale exposure the LP will receive via Sunday's (February 10) broadcast will also bring the gospel pair shame.
"Once the Grammy Awards are broadcast, the listeners will be alerted to existence of Plaintiffs song, at which time it will be subjected worldwide to irreparable harm of being linked to defendant's song."
Warrick and Weary are seeking an undetermined amount in damages. Neither Ross nor the other defendants have made a comment on the matter just yet.