Chicago group blasts Twista for label name

ImageThe Chi-Rock Hip Hop Nation, which released the first Chicago rap album back in 1985, claims Twista stole its name for his new label.

Chi-Rock founder Shabazz, 37, told he registered the name long ago with the Illinois Secretary of State.

But now Chicago native and Atlantic recording artist Twista has been promoting his new label, Chi-Rock Entertainment -- which Shabazz says tramples on his copyright.

"This 'Twista' is tainting our legacy," Shabazz said. "My independent record company is called Chi-Rock Records."

The members of the rap group maintain Twista cannot claim ignorance since he has had "past affiliation" with the Nation.

There has been no response from Twista to the copyright infringement allegation and no lawsuit has yet been filed, said.