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Cash Money Records

Sued By 70s Producer --

Bow Wow Bogarted My Jam

2/23/2013 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lil Wayne and Birdman's label Cash Money Records is in the hot seat over allegations it illegally used a sample from a 70s song in one of Bow Wow's recent tracks.

The septuagenarian behind the lawsuit is Robert Poindexter from the 70s band The Persuaders.

Poindexter claims Cash Money sampled his band's song "Love Gonna Pack Up (and Walk Out)" and illegally lifted the tune in Bow Wow's 2010 track "Still Ballin."

As for "Love Gonna Pack Up (and Walk Out)" -- the song was recorded in 1972 and reached the top of the charts ... and Poindexter says neither Cash Money nor Bow Wow ever obtained permission to sample it. 

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Poindexter claims he reached out to Cash Money for an answer, and was redirected to Bow Wow's attorneys, who then directed him back to Cash Money ... which is why Cash Money's currently in his crosshairs. 

Poindexter wants $600,000 in punitive damages, plus interest. Cash Money has yet to respond to the suit. We reached out to the label for comment -- so far, no word back.

It's not the first time Poindexter's sued rappers over his music -- the producer has already filed suit against 50 Cent and Kanye West over similar song-stealing allegations.

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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

545 days ago
2.

DaveT    

Haha trying to keep track of the story with all those interesting names is a challenge :D

545 days ago
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tdr9    

Yeap

545 days ago
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Mihalick    

It's a shame modern era producers and rappers can't just make their own original hits. I hate the Kanye West model where no talent hacks can conjure up a "cool beat" because they steal the talent of true artists. Gone are the days when people like Dr. Dre would get into a studio and make a track that was truly original.

545 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

Maybe if they made their own music they wouldn't have to sample to begin with. That's just lazy.

545 days ago
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Spicy mag    

If I sample a sampled song do I have to pay the sampler and the original artist?

545 days ago
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HumanNature    

CLONE MiMi AKA OhWell


“...racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from than the person they are directed at.”


― Chris Crutcher


“Whoever debases others is debasing himself.”


― James Baldwin

545 days ago
8.

Happy    

Them is some fugly dudes man!

545 days ago
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laffnbear    

Theft of intellectual property is habitual for "rappers."
The alleged "producers" are just as liable.
They should pay as well.

545 days ago
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Downforthasource    

Gotta give it to Cash Money for doin their thing and being independent. Check out "Exit 727" on itunes. www.Exit727.com

545 days ago
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Quinn    

The 17% who said that Bow Wow didn't rip off the persuader's are either deaf or farging retarded.

545 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

Just shoot each other. Isn't that what you idiot piece of sh*t "rappers" do anyway?

545 days ago
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IndyMike    

Worthless no talent rappers

544 days ago
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Kaaka    

I have no problem when ARTIST go back and SAMPLE songs , Because they are so many GREAT songs of the past ; that wouldn't normaly be heard... unless someone bring them back in some form , Alot of great rap/R&B and house tunes came from sampling old songs,All they need to do is just clear it from the get go ... PAY the ORIGINAL ARTIST and stop the BS.

544 days ago
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SeeSomethingSaySomething    

The real question is whether the Persuaders song can be said to have been changed enough so as to render BWs song something new and original. I had never heard either song, so I gave a listen on YouTube. You don't have to do much to make something original under copyright law, but all BWs producers did was speed up the track (original has a slow tempo, BWS is same music on the same loop double time). They should pay this man.

544 days ago
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