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Lil Wayne SUED

"How to Love" Beat Is STOLEN

8/21/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Lil Wayne rapped on stolen property -- at least according to another MC, who insists he's the rightful owner of the beat behind Weezy's "How to Love" ... and now, he's out for some legal vengeance.

Rapper Rich Rick (right) filed the lawsuit earlier this week in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming he purchased several master recordings between 2006 and 2009 -- including the beat that now appears on "How to Love" -- from a group of rap producers called Drummer Boyz.

Rick claims the Drummer Boyz double-crossed him in November 2010 -- pitching the SAME beat to Lil Wayne ... and Weezy acquired it in exchange for a 35% royalty agreement, eventually using the beat on "How to Love."

The song's a hit -- and needless to say, Rick's royally pissed ... insisting the Drummer Boyz screwed him over.

Rick's suing Weezy, the Drummer Boyz, and others for everything from breach of contract to fraud -- demanding everything DB are entitled to under their agreement with Wayne ... plus 10% interest.

Attempts to reach the Drummer Boyz were unsuccessful. Calls to Weezy's camp weren't returned.

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Leader of the ignorant masses    

Wait if these guys sold their beat twice then why is this guy being sued? Unless he knowingly bought the rights to use the beat that was already sold i do not think he should be sued for that. He should just sue the guys so the money goes to him instead. Of course if he did that then his name would not be on tmz and people would not even know he existed. At least i never heard of him.

As for Lil Wayne... yikes! Unless you are in it for money or to nail someone famous i do not see the attraction. That guy is circus ugly.

978 days ago
2.

The Real JJ    

This dude is mad the song got as big as it did and now he wants a cut.

978 days ago
3.

John 8:32    

Everyone's attention in the room please... there is an old saying in the music business and it goes like this... if you give a dance... you have to pay the $$ BAND $$.

978 days ago
4.

Mehedi    

He wants to proof a simple and nice situation in his song.

978 days ago
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TMZ Is Destined To Be The Next News of The World    

L.O.V.E. this song! Not really a Lil' Wayne fact. I'm probably more of a hater bc I think he's overrated. But this song is it. Whether he jacked the beat or not is up for the courts to decide. If he did, then he should pay up. If he didn't, then he didn't and the plaintiff is really corny for tryna come up this way.

978 days ago
6.

BW    

That has to be the worst song I have ever heard.
Thought he was a rapper, needs to go back to rap
cause that song is CRAP.

978 days ago
7.

GrandMoss    

I'm a producer and double-crossing artists is a NO-NO!
If you're a producer, and u sell exclusive rights to an artist and sign a contract with that artist that he/she owns FULL RIGHTS to that instrumental, you are not allowed to re-sell the beat to another artist, even if it's Wayne or Rick Ross.. I don't care, EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS MEAN THE BEAT IS FULLY OWNED BY THE ONE THAT PAID FOR EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS!

I'm on Rick's side in this story!
it's not the first time Wayne raps on a stolen beat, his single "She will" is stolen too, an artist called J-Lie owns full rights to this beat, and 6 months later what do u see, Wayne raps on the beat .... HE'S A LAME Artist that doesn't get beats from producers that actually sell beats to him and he would own exclusive rights to the beats, instead he uses beats from producers like this fxckface over here that double-corsses people.

978 days ago
8.

nicole    

wayne so ugly!

978 days ago
9.

WhyYouAsk    

LOVE this song. It's my ringtone. Always been a fan of wayne. Hope this gets resolved.

978 days ago
10.

Aishwarya Thakur    

I Think Rick Ross is Bankrupt due to his unpaid bills of Burger King...Weezy Throw Some Cash Money to His Fat Ass Face..That Fat Ass Mother ****** Need Some Money...

978 days ago
11.

TheHOLETruth    

If true, the Drummer Boyz are stupid and need to be sued. On the other hand The Creature can't just buy a "beat" and sit on it.

What ever happened to "bands" - everything is sampling, usually ripped off from somebody else.

978 days ago
12.

RustyBallz    

If lil Wayne didn't know it was owned else where he can't be held completely libel, but he should pay royalties.

BTW it's rich Rick not Rick Ross.

977 days ago
13.

Dan    

Lito Wayne aka Wezzy would make a great Halloween Figurine, something out of an Elfman movie.

977 days ago
14.

Dan    

When's Bego Wayne aka Waynton coming out?

977 days ago
15.

bunny    

He knows Lil Wayne wasn't aware these people sold them both the beat so why is he suing him too?

977 days ago
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