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RZA from Wu-Tang

I Owe Dutch Singer ...

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3/31/2013 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0329_rza_lawsuit_getty_articleRZA from the Wu-Tang Clan says the hot Dutch singer who's suing him greatly over exaggerated her role in HIS hit songs, and is adamant he doesn't owe her a dime.

RZA is firing back at Thea Van Seijen -- who filed a suit claiming she co-wrote and sang on 14 songs with RZA (including the hit "Baby Boy") but only received a fraction of what she's owed.

In docs RZA admits he worked with TVS on a slew of tracks, but says she was merely work-for-hire (for which she got paid) and NOT a co-author on the songs.

Not only that, he says he NEVER promised royalties or additional payments -- and she's lying if she says otherwise.

FYI -- Our photog caught up to RZA recently on the streets of L.A. and he explained his side of the story ... check it out.

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jackmama311    

RZA makes great music, but his movie kinda sucked.

579 days ago
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burning_plastic    

I think it depends on what their agreement was. If she was hired as a singer that's different than if she was hired to write. I think it's unusual for someone to star in the video and sing the song and just get one payment at the beginning. But if that is what she signed to, then she should stick to it and use this to launch her career instead of ruining it looking like she is going to sue everyone she works with that has a hit.

579 days ago
3.

Bell    

Really? 14 songs and you have the nerve to say Pthat? Just like a rapper, flash money around in front of friends, but don't pay the people who got you there. Pay the lady.

579 days ago
4.

Fred Farkel    

What is that HOT FEMALE doing with that piece of garbage??

578 days ago
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bigfranklittle    

Welcome to the rap game! There is no such thing as publishing in this genre, she is not the first and won't be the last. She probably didn't know what work for hire means, she'll get a few Gs out of it tho

578 days ago
6.

Jen    

She's got my vote for being Dutch.

578 days ago
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Socalpimp    

All these rappers steal from Euro pop artists

578 days ago
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SuperSonic    

If she was work for hire, there should have been a contract laying that out. If no contract, pay up.

578 days ago
9.

truthdc    

Looking for a hand out miss?

578 days ago
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Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Happy Easter all

578 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

She looks like a weird cross between Nicole Sheridan and Ke$ha.

578 days ago
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bubblegut    

He used the term, "percentage."

If she was a work-for-hire artist, it probably would have been for a flat rate.

I think it's likely that word just tumbled out of his mouth on the spot, but lawyers could use this in court as evidence of a royalty agreement. Still, if it's not supported by a written contract, it probably isn't enough.

578 days ago
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jokerchick    

why is Nick Carter suing him?

577 days ago

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