Rap trio claim rapper sampled their track 'Lookin' Boy'
Eminem is being sued for $8 million by Chicago rappers Hotstylz over the lyrics to his 2013 hit track ‘Rap God’.
It is reported that Raymond Jones of the Chicago rap trio Hotstylz claims Eminem and Shady Records sampled 25 seconds of their 2007 track ‘Lookin’ Boy’ without permission.
‘Rap God’, which features on ‘The Marshal Mathers LP 2’, made the Guinness book of World Records after it was released for having the most words in a hit single, totaling 1,560 words in 6 minutes, 4 seconds.
In November, Raymond Jones, stage name Raydio G, and another Hotstylz rapper Krazee reacted to the similarities between the song and their group’s track 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. “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.”
Last month, Eminem revealed an extended remix to ‘Detroit Vs Everybody’, a track featured on the Shady Records compilation released in 2014.
The remix runs to 16-minutes in length and features guest verses from Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Sino, Marv Won, Payroll, Hydro, Big Gov, Boldy James, Kid Vishis, Big Herk, Icewear Vezzo, Detroit Che, and Calicoe.
‘Shady XV’ features the best of Shady Records’ back catalogue, plus new material from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf.
Meanwhile, the rapper has been subject to accusations of sexism after dissing several female artists in his songs. Azealia Banks told him to “suck on his sister’s tiddies” after he rapped “I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice” in a cipher released to promote his new album, and Charli XCX called him “disgusting” with regards to a track on the album in which he threatened Iggy Azalea with rape.