Cypress Hill & Apple Sued For "How I Could Just Kill A Man"

Cypress gets sued for their 1991 hit for an uncleared sample, the second Rap suit from the publisher in less than a week.

Drive-In Music has filed a lawsuit against Cypress Hill for illegally utilizing a part of The Music Machine's "Come On In." The suit was filed on September 10, against both Cypress Hill and Apple, in the Central District Court of California. 

The Cypress song in question is "How I Could Just Kill a Man," a single that the group released to great success in 1991, as part of their self-titled debut album on Ruffhouse Records. 

The group also sued Apple because the song is still being sold on iTunes. 

This follows another lawsuit, filed by Drive-In last week, against another 1990s Hip Hop group, Leaders of the New School. 

While some may ask why the lawsuit comes at this time, Drive-In claims they did not know of the songs before. Their lawsuit asks to stop sales of the group's debut album and asks for damages.   

Last month, DJ Muggs, the song's producer, teamed with Ill Bill to release Kill Devil Hills. Fellow Cypress Hill member B-Real has a mixtape planned to release later this month.


  • wil e wil

    this is what happens in hip hop music is taken out the streets. keep it undaground.

    • Articulate1

      100% co-sign. Obviously these corporate vultures are not heads or they would have picked up on this shit 20 years ago...Hip-Hop was way better when it was not all inclusive and was a strong, self contained underground culture with rules and codes to abide.

  • Assassin221

    Fuck that shit, you can't wait and drop a lawsuit on someone damn near 20 years later. They should settle for a free CD.


    Look at these old scavengers coming after a little piece of money. They should appreciate that people still get a chance to hear a piece of their work

  • truthenola

    that tribe shirt is ill

  • Wolfman

    C/S MusicFiend. Not only that, but I don't believe they didn't know the song was out. Instead, they probably looked it like a baseball card. Let the song build value over almost 20 years with total sales, and come back for a cash-in. That is bullshit, and I hope the courts recognize that.

  • MusicFiend

    That's retarded. If you ask me, if it's 19 years old you missed your fucking chance. There should be some statute of limitations on that. BTW Rage Against The Machine did a fucking crazy sick version of that track back in the day, check it out if you haven't heard it.

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