May 8, 2012


Beastie Boys Sued in Worst-Timed Lawsuit in History

Kevin Mazur
Kevin Mazur

Let's get this out of the way upfront: I doubt hip hop/R&B label Tuf America knew Beastie Boys' MCA was on his deathbed when they filed a lawsuit against the group one day before his untimely death. But still...

Apparently having only just discovered 1986's Licensed to Ill and 1989's Paul's Boutique, the label filed a lawsuit against the group in New York on May 3, according to Allhiphop, claiming the Boys illegally sampled 1980s funk group Trouble Funk on four of their songs.

"Tuf America said they did a thorough sound analysis of the tracks in question and concluded that the Beastie Boys illegally incorporated elements of the songs without permission," said the report. "Tuf America is seeking a trial to determine the amount of punitive and exemplary damages, if any."

For all you legal and/or sampling geeks, the label claims that the group used the drums from Trouble Funk's 1982 song "Drop the Bomb" on Licensed to Ill's "The New Style" and "Hold It, Now Hit It," as well as Paul's Boutique's "Car Thief." It also alleges that parts of the group's 1986's "Say What?" were illegally used on on Boutique's "Shadrach."

Capitol Records, the Beasties' longtime record label, was also named as a defendant, so here's hoping a bunch of lawyers can hash this one out and leave Ad-Rock and Mike D out of this.