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Mac Miller and Lord Finesse Speak on Lawsuit, Working Together

Pittsburgh rapper and NYC producer/MC both looking to move past settlement
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Mac Miller may be facing new legal action from Donald Trump, but earlier this month, the ongoing lawsuit between Miller and producer/rapper/Crate Diggers alum Lord Finesse ended when the pair agreed to settle out of court.  

You may recall the lawsuit, filed last July, stemmed from Miller's use of Finesse’s 1996 hit "Hip 2 Da Game" for his 2010 track "Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza." Finesse sued Miller for $10 million alleging, according to the suit, “copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference [and] deceptive trade practices.”

While details of the settlement are confidential, Miller and Finesse both tell Fuse that now that an agreement has been reached, they’re looking forward to moving on with their lives. 

"I’m happy, man. Everything worked out,” says Miller. “We got to settle and both parties were happy. There’s no ill will. Everything’s cool. Me and Finesse have talked since then and we’re both just happy to be moving past everything."

Finesse claims that the lawsuit was blown out of proportion and that he and Miller remain amicable. “I don’t have no beef with Mac,” Finesse says. “I think Mac is a cool dude. But [the lawsuit] became a lightning rod and people made it more than what it really was. It’s just the way the media makes it look. At this point, I just want to move forward and I wish Mac the best moving forward.

“I’m just glad that it’s over and I’m definitely relieved that we moved past this," he adds. "From day one, I never looked publicly to use this for attention and I purposely never talked about this from the beginning. This will be the only time I speak on this.”

Miller says that despite any past issues, he’s still eager to work with the legendary producer. “I think that that’s something that I always wanted, so I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that. I still want to do a record with him. After everything was settled and closed, we spoke and exchanged some text messages of relief.”

Finesse, for his part, hasn’t ruled out collaborating with the Pittsburgh rapper, saying, “It’s something that I could see as a possibility further down the line.”

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