Mac Miller's Label Responds to Lord Finesse Lawsuit

'Lord Finesse was given credit on both the video and the mixtape from the very beginning'

July 14, 2012 12:01 PM ET
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Mac Miller performs at the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
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Mac Miller's record company has released a statement denying charges made in a lawsuit filed against the rapper over his 2010 track, "Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza."

Hip-hop veteran Lord Finesse is claiming that Miller ripped off his 1995 track "Hip 2 the Game" for the breakout hit that appeared on Miller's mixtape K.I.D.S. Finesse is suing for $10 million in federal court in Manhattan.

"There have been a lot of misstatements online and in the press, so we thought it'd be best to make some brief comments," says the statement from Rostrum Records, who is also named in Lord Finesse's suit, along with mixtape website DatPiff.com.  "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." 

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