Rick Ross Sues LMFAO for Stealing "Every Day, I'm Hustlin'" Catchphrase

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If, as the Rick Ross says, "Every day, [he's] hustlin'" ...

Why did it take three full years to sue LMFAO's Redfoo and SkyBlu (plus Kobalt Music Publishing America and Kia Motors America Inc.) for profiting off that famous, Bawsely lyrical phrase?

Maybe he was too busy battling (and beating) drug dealer Freeway Ricky Ross in court over the use of the Rick Ross name. Or maybe he was simply catching up on sleep.

But whatever the cause of this 1000-day delay, Mr. William Leonard Roberts II, along with "Hustlin'" producers Andrew "Dru Brett" Harr and Jermaine "Mayne Zayne" Jackson, finally filed a lawsuit, "seeking damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement."

See also: Rick Ross Sued Over Unpaid $90,000 Rolex Bill

In the suit, entered onto the Southern District of Florida federal court's docket on New Year's Eve, the Bawse and his co-plaintiffs explain that they're pissed because the LMFAO guys ripped off the "Hustlin'" catchphrase for their 2011 hit "Party Rock Anthem."

Or, as the complaint is phrased in lawyer speak:

"Party Rock Anthem" copies, interpolates the lyrics, underlying music and beat of "Hustlin'" ... 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.

And yes, the truly "tortious act" is that Redfoo and SkyBlu never offered creative credit or cash kickbacks:

Defendants knew or should have known that Hustlin' could not be used in a musical work by Defendants without a license therefor, as is customary in the industry, yet never sought a license or other permission.

Of course, there's also the matter of revenue from "Every day, I'm Shufflin'" merch:

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.

And finally, what about all the money from that weird car commercial starring chubby, human-sized rodents?

"Party Rock Anthem" has also been licensed by Defendants for commercial endorsement purposes to KIA Motors for use in widely-distributed video advertisements featuring hamsters driving the KIA "Soul" automobile, which advertisements use the highly recognizable hook phrase "Every day I'm shufflin' . . . ," underlying music and beat, as the prominently featured tag line of the advertising campaign.

The plaintiffs' demands include a full stop to LMFAO's unauthorized "Party Rock Anthem" profiteering, plus lawyer fees and "maximum statutory damages."

As the Bawse would say: Unnnggghhh.

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35 comments
Najsoj Osnola
Najsoj Osnola

rick ross is a lousy phony and is definitely no gangsta or hustla.

Dylan Roberts
Dylan Roberts

Gotta stay relevant somehow! How better than a lawsuit?

Quills AV Rodriguez
Quills AV Rodriguez

You can't sue ppl for a catchphrase or he should sue everyone who grunts.

Vanessa Smith
Vanessa Smith

Its unblievable to what happening in music industry

Rath AndSome
Rath AndSome

The Real Rick Ross sues the fake ross William Leonard Roberts II for stealing his name and impersonation

Jerome T Lovegun
Jerome T Lovegun

This will never hold weight in litigation. There has to be proof beyond reasonable doubt that they actually interpolated Officer Ricky's lyrics. Nice try tho...

Queen's Gambit
Queen's Gambit

if lmfao (they suck) gotta stop sayin "everyday im shufflin", then rick ross gotta change his name

Carlos Rosario
Carlos Rosario

BS....that phrase has been around since the early 80's

Dean Stelmach
Dean Stelmach

lol...I thought they were saying "every day I'm shufflin' "

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

Shiii then Ice T and Too Short should b suing Rick Ross because they were spittin about hustling since the late 80's!

Marianoell Gomez Arguello
Marianoell Gomez Arguello

His resemblance to an engorged tick is uncanny. He should get slapped in the mouth just because.

Emilie Heddings
Emilie Heddings

He should be paying the Real Rick Ross for using his name and likeness.. He's just a punk ass corrections officer.. A brown noser too

Daniels Marion
Daniels Marion

Hell No.... His Bitch Ass is using Freeway Rick Ross name who is a Real OG.

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