M.O.P. Tells WWE and John Cena to “ANTE UP”

via SOHH

Hip-Hop group M.O.P have filed a lawsuit against the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and wrestler John Cena for $150,000 claiming his theme song “Time Is Now” samples one of their tracks.According to TMZ, Lil’ Fame and Billy Danze allege the organization had unauthorized permission to use elements of their 2000 smash hit “Ante Up” and used a receptionist to sign off on the license. While not sampling the entire piece, M.O.P claim a distinct phrase is unlawfully used in Cena’s theme song.

“The Infringing Work includes a distinctive ‘freestyle’ rap — ‘BRRR Abado’ that has been sampled from the Infringed Work and is clearly repeated three times in the Infringing Work, at the introduction, the second chorus, and the third chorus,” the lawsuit reads. “Upon information and belief, in or about April, 2005, defendants, WWE and Cena commenced using the Infringing Work as defendant Cena’s ‘theme’ and licensed the Infringing Work to various third parties including SONY, among others.”Having appeared on multiple retail products including the WWE’s soundtrack series, the group are requesting substantial damages to be rewarded and that the unauthorized song be destroyed.

“Plaintiff is further entitled to recover from the defendants the damages sustained by plaintiff as a result of defendants’ acts of copyright infringement,” it reads. “Plaintiff is at present unable to ascertain the full extent of the monetary damage plaintiff has suffered by reason of defendants’ acts of copyright infringement but believes such damages exceed $150,000.”

Cena is known for rapping and freestyling to the ring during WWE matches and also released his debut hip-hop album You Can’t See Me via Columbia and WWE Records. The 17-track disc features Bumpy Knuckles and Esoteric plus producers Chaos, Eligh, Freakas and Jake One.

4 thoughts on “M.O.P. Tells WWE and John Cena to “ANTE UP”

  1. it’s not petty at all they used their likeness without paying so just compensation is due period

  2. its not a hip hop issue its a legal issue… in hip hop samples get cleared. If Cena did that same “tongue roll and one word” on his own they probably wouldn’t have a case but since he lifted their voice right off the track they do. ANd they’ll probably get more than $150,000 since WWE used that song on several CDs and in a few video games and made millions of dollars off those games and CDs. It is a little petty, but being a law student and knowing the rules and how they apply… I don’t see how MOP can lose this one.

  3. When I listened to the tracks side by side it’s hard to say it doesn’t seem hard to say it it very petty to sue someone over “a tounge roll and one word”. And it’d not even M.O.P. doing the suing, it’s there manager. I believe in compensating someone for using their stuff but thats crazy.

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