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In 2008, while being a frequent member of Rap Mullet, I met this dude named Will Kalson. He ended up becoming one of the best people I’ve met in this industry. Without him, a lot of the Pittsburgh talent you see on SD wouldn’t be there. He introduced me to his main act, The Ill Spoken, before they released their one mixtape, How High. This made SD the first to really support them. Eventually, Beedie and EZ Mac split up to do their solo stuff. We know where Mac ended up going, and Beedie isn’t too far behind, putting out quality projects over the years, including his most recent Above The Weather EP.
Just to give us some more music, and what could be served as a great turning point for Beedie’s career, these two white boys reunite for “Paid Dues.” A reflection on the good times and the bad. From the crowds at the Shadow Lounge to their beef with some Canadians (classic), this record talks about it all. Incredible to say the least.
It’s common for a rapper to spit over a classic instrumental on a free mixtape release, as was the case with Mac Miller using Lord Finesse’s 1995 “Hip 2 Da Game” instrumental for his breakout cut “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” off his 2010 K.I.D.S. mixtape. Well, Lord Finesse is now suing Mac Miller for $10 million over unauthorized use of his instrumental. According to Courthouse News Service, the complaint says, “This is a case about a teenage rapper- Mac Miller- copying the music from a song written, produced and performed by Lord Finesse, a hip hop legend, changing the title and then distributing it under his own name in order to launch his music career.”
In addition, CNS says Finesse filed the lawsuit only after DatPiff, who launched and hosted the mixtape, Mac Miller, and his label Rostrum Records, refused to respond to a cease and desist letter earlier this month. The CNS report also states that the $10 million lawsuit “alleges copyright infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, interference, deceptive trade practices, and a number of related state law claims.” Finesse took to Twitter tonight to comment on the lawsuit. See his Tweet below. No word from Mac Miller as of yet, though.
To read the full article, continue over to Complex.
Check out Mac Miller and his Most Dope crew in their cameo appearances with Pittsburgh artist Beedie for his music video “Old Soul”. Beedie and Mac Miller were apart of a group titled Ill Spoken Minds back when Mac was still known as “Easy Mac”. “Old Soul” is shot and edited by Ben Fredette.