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Cena Rumbles with Rappers Over Theme Music

10/28/2008 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guys of '90s hard-core rap group M.O.P. say John Cena and the WWE jacked one of their songs for John's entrance music and they're alleging some pretty slippery moves in the process.

Jamal Grinnage and Eric Murray -- that's Lil' Fame and Billy Danze -- want to put the kill switch on Cena's song, "The Time Is Now," saying it borrows heavily from their hit "Ante Up." In a federal lawsuit, they claim WWE's lawyers actually found some person to sign off on the license who was only a receptionist and didn't have authority to do so.

The biggest point of actual musical contention is one non-English line -- "BRRR Abado" -- that appears in the original song once, and in JC's song three times.

The suit asks for destruction of Cena's song and $150K from the defendants. No word from Cena or WWE yet.

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Brian    

John Cena's lyrics to My time is now uses RRRRRRRRRRRRAAPIDO not -- "BRRR Abado


MOD IS JUST A BUNCH OF RACY SINGERS THAT IS JUST JEALOUS OF JOHN CENA's MUSIC

This case is already dismissed due to being 4 to 5 years old
if MOD wanted to sue..They should have sued 4 to 5 years ago

CASE CLOSE

WINNERS AND STILL ALLOWED TO USE SONG
JOHN CENA AND WWE

2003 days ago
17.

Tori    

Yep, this is kinda stupid. Yes he did borrow that f/M.O.P.--but he credits the sample in the album jacket. They really shouldve done this sooner. Something is definitely up...

2003 days ago
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shawna    

i think this is so stupid, why do they want to sue him now ,should have done this back when the song first came out. i hope they don't get a penny.

2003 days ago
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Tracy    

cena the best this lawsuit is stupid

2003 days ago
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