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Wiz Khalifa Hit With Plagiarism Lawsuit

Rapper Maxamillion says the hit 'Black and Yellow' is based on his song

January 6, 2012 9:10 AM ET
Wiz Khalifa performs at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Wiz Khalifa performs at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.
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Pittsburgh rapper Maxamillion has filed a $2.3 million lawsuit against Wiz Khalifa with the claim that the emcee's breakthrough hit "Black and Yellow" stole elements from his own tune "Pink N Yellow." Maxamillion, otherwise known as Max Warren, says "Pink N Yellow" was copyrighted in 2008, while Khalifa's hit was copyrighted last year.

Maxamillion's lawsuit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia, names Khalifa along with two other songwriters and an assortment of record companies and music publishers. Spokespersons for both Maxamillion and Khalifa have not commented publicly on the lawsuit.

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