Lil Kim’s Hardknock Life

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Lil’ Kim’s legal problems aren’t over yet — though the rapper is out of jail after serving 10 months on perjury charges, she’s now facing a copyright-infringement lawsuit. The suit, which also names Kim’s record label Atlantic and was filed last week in a New York federal court, claims that Kim stole her song “Durty” nearly word for word from a 1997 track by Jamaican reggae singer Tanya Stephens called “Mi and Mi God.” In response, Kim’s lawyer L. Londell McMillan claims the song wasn’t stolen, but interpolated, “which happens all the time in hip-hop.” Stephens claims in her suit that she was shocked to hear her words in Lil’ Kim’s song — even though Kim had flown her out to New York in 1999, asked her to sing on one of her albums, and sang “Mi and Mi God” to Stephens to demonstrate how much she liked her music. Kim counters, however, that Stephens never objected to the use of her song until after she failed to get more money for it being licensed. “This matter should have been resolved, but it appears to be another money and media play at Lil’ Kim’s expense,” her lawyer said. Stephens claims she should receive all past and future royalties on the song. …

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