Lawsuit Filed Against Beastie Boys Day Before MCA’s Death

A day before Adam “MCA” Yaunch died of cancer, Tuf America, a hip hop and R&B label, filed a lawsuit against members of the Beastie Boys for alleged copyright infringement.

Tuf America filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court on May 4th over four tracks, alleging that the group illegally used portions of Trouble Funk’s 1982 song “Drop the Bomb” and “Say What” in the albums License to Ill and Paul’s Boutique.

Tuf America also claims that the Beastie Boys used samples of  “Hold It Now Hit It” and “The New Style” on the same album.

Tuf America claims that the Beastie Boys and Capitol Records are still earning money from the releases and reissues of the BB records.

License to Ill, the Beastie Boy’s debut, and Paul’s Boutique include dozens of samples ranging form Led Zeppelin to Barry White and many others.




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