Hip-hop star 50 Cent is suing rapper Rick Ross for using a version of his signature hit “In Da Club” on a free mixtape meant to boost Mr. Ross’s new record.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Connecticut, lawyers for 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, sued Mr. Ross, real name William Leonard Roberts II, for unlawfully using 50 Cent’s name and identity solely to advertise his own album, “Black Market.”
Mr. Jackson’s lawyers are seeking at least $2 million in damages and an injunction barring the use of any trademarks or work product created or produced by 50 Cent. The mixtape, titled “Renzel Remixes,” consists of two discs, came out last month and is available for download.
A representative for Mr. Roberts couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The new lawsuit is the latest salvo in a long-running beef between the two men. The bitter battle saw Mr. Jackson hit with a $7 million judgment in favor of Lastonia Leviston, a woman who accused the rapper of posting a sex tape of her online to get back at Mr. Ross, her ex-boyfriend. The judgment spurred 50 Cent to seek bankruptcy protection this summer.
Wall Street Journal