Earlier this week, Lord Finesse filed a $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller and his label Rostrum Records. Finesse accused the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper of stealing the instrumental from the former’s song “Hip 2 Da Game” for Mac’s song “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.”
After a back and forth between the artists, Rostrum Records has issued a response, explaining that they stand by their artist.
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.
The label’s statement provides that Miller gave credit both on the video and mixtape, and that the song was never sold.
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.
The label also questioned why Finesse never chose to speak up about the matter before.
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.