Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over “Party Rock Anthem”
Rick Ross is suing LMFAO over their catchy 2010 hit “Party Rock Anthem.” The lawsuit stems from the use of the lyrics “everyday I’m shufflin” in “Party Rock”, which is a clever play on the lyrics “Everyday I’m hustling” from Rick’s 2006 song, “Hustlin’”. According to a lawsuit filed in Florida federal court (via the Hollywood Reporter):
“The use of ‘Hustlin’ ‘ in ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is readily apparent, despite the slight change from ‘Everyday I’m hustlin’ …’ to ‘Everyday I’m shufflin’ …’ and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work.
It’s further alleged by the plaintiffs that the phrase is “performed in a manner to sound like” Ross’ own, and “is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin’”.
In addition, Rick’s lawsuit takes aim at LMFAO’s licensing of the song for numerous films, television programs, video games, advertisements for airlines and more. The phrase was also used for a “highly successful” clothing line launched by LMFAO, and Rick’s legal team is seeking an injunction and maximum statutory damages. Check out the two songs below.