Rapper Says Lil Wayne, Producers Stole "Lollipop" In New Lawsuit
Jailed rapper Lil Wayne has been hit with another lawsuit surrounding his hit 2008 single “Lollipop,” taken from his hit album Tha Carter III.
Philadelphia rapper/musician Dirahn Gilliams filed the lawsuit in United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Friday (April 30th), claiming Lil Wayne’s song “Lollipop” was based on his 2007 track “Grindin’ Like a Goon.”
Defendants in the lawsuit include Lil’ Wayne, producer Darius “Deezle” Harrison, James “Jim Jonsin” Scheffer, Rex Zamor, Cash Money, Young Money and Universal.
According to Gilliams, in April or May of 2007, he sent copies to a number of people in the industry, including Flo Rida, Briscoe, executive Kevon Glickmon and producers Deezle and Jim Jonsin.
He claims that Young Money received a copy of his track through one of these entities, although Briscoe, Glickmon and Flo-Rida are not named in the lawsuit.
Gilliams claims that Deezle, Jonsin and Rex Zamor illegally used portions of his “Grindin’ Like A Goon” and turned it into “Lollipop,” which was a huge hit for Lil Wayne in 2008 and has been certified 4X Platinum by the RIAA.
Gilliams is seeking an injunction to prevent further sales of Tha Carter III and “Lollipop,” in addition to monetary damages, lost profits, actual damages, restitution and compensatory and punitive damages.
Ironically, both Deezle and Jim Jonsin are suing Lil Wayne as well.
In February, Deezle filed a lawsuit claiming Lil Wayne owes him $2.5 million dollars in unpaid royalties for the single “Mrs. Officer.”
Jonsin slapped Lil Wayne with a $500,000 lawsuit for unpaid royalties over “Lollipop.”
Additionally, producers Play-N-Skillz have voiced their displeasure with Lil Wayne and Cash Money, claiming they were never paid for their production on the track “Got Money” featuring T-Pain.
In March, Lil Wayne began serving a one-year prison sentenced on Rikers Island for weapons possession.