Eminem Target Of Hotstylz Lawsuit Over "Rap God"
Raymond Jones, one third of the trio Hotstylz, is reportedly suing Eminem and his label for $8 million over the sample clearance issue according to TMZ. The site put together a short video clip comparing a 25-second portion of "Rap God" to the original Hotstylz record from which it borrows heavily.
Listen to the comparison below:
In November, Raymond Jones, whose stage name is Raydio G, and Hotstylz rapper Krazee reacted to the obvious reference to their song in an interview with XXL.
"At first we was like, 'Aight, cool,' but at the same time, we was like, 'Fuck Eminem,' because he didn’t reach out to us," Jones said of Eminem lifting their "Lookin Boy" flow. "He took so much of the record. That just don’t sit right with us. The thing is they used so much of the song, he could have reached out. He could have reached out to us directly. He could have found a way to reach out to us through some kind of channel. We just addressed that issue on a song called 'Rap Fraud.' We addressed how we felt about it."