Rick Ross is doing something rare by a Hip Hop artist. He is suing LMFAO for copyright infringement.
The Maybach Music boss filed a lawsuit against the party rocking pop duo, citing copyright infringement of his phrase “Everyday I'm hustlin’”.
In documents filed in Florida, Rozay claims LMFAO’s use of “Everyday I'm shufflin’” in their mega-hit “Party Rock Anthem” is an illegal "derivative" of his own 2006 track “Hustlin’”.
The suit was filed by Ross and the song's composer Jermaine Jackson and it states: “The use of 'Hustlin'' in 'Party Rock Anthem' is readily apparent, despite the slight change from "Everyday I'm hustlin'" to "Everyday I'm shufflin…'" and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work.”
Ross also claims the phrase is performed in a manner to sound just like him and is therefore "an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin'."
The lawsuit continues: "The phrase is so important to the success of 'Party Rock Anthem', that LMFAO launched a highly successful clothing line, Party Rock Clothing, that features the phrase on T-shirts and other clothing items."
He is seeking an injunction and maximum statutory damages.