Nicholas Partridge Suing TI For Intellectual Property Theft Over “Bankroll Mafia”
A Georgia man is taking T.I. to court for allegedly stealing his idea for his artist group and album, “Bankroll Mafia.”
Nicholas Partridge sued earlier T.I. for theft of intellectual property for allegedly co-opting the name “Bankroll Mafia” and is demanding $10 million for his loss, according to the suit, which was obtained by BOSSIP.
Partridge said he came up with the name and idea for “Bankroll Mafia” while he was locked up for a few months in 2014 in the Gwinnett County Jail. He said that when jail staff put him in protective custody, he’d spend the day drawing and created the “Bankroll Mafia” brand and company, his suit says. But he said when he was released in October of that year, he saw that T.I. had allegedly taken it for his own use.
T.I. released the album, “Bankroll Mafia” in 2016 as part of a supergroup he created with Young Thug, Shad da God, PeeWee Roscoe, Lil Duke and London Jae. The group released songs including “Bankrolls on Deck.”
Partridge said he never gave the “Whatever You Like” rapper permission to use the name and he’s suffered massive financial losses as a result.
T.I. had not responded to the suit as of April 16.