GloRilla Sued By New Orleans Rap Veteran Over ‘Tomorrow’ Sample
GloRilla has been slapped with a lawsuit from a New Orleans Hip Hop veteran over what he alleges is an uncleared sample for “Tomorrow.”
Ivory Paynes, a member of the Dog House Posse — who released the underground classic, Dope Gets No Heavier, on Mobo Records in 1994 — told TMZ on Wednesday (April 19) that the Memphis-born rapper and her producer, Macaroni Toni, allegedly swiped a sample from the Dog House Posse’s track “Street of the Westbank,” and neither asked for permission nor was granted proper clearance for it.
Paynes further claimed that key elements from “Street of the Westbank” — such as the piano, cello, and drum tracks — were allegedly lifted wholesale to produce “Tomorrow,” and he’s also named GloRilla’s parent record label Warner Chappell Music and Sony/ATV Music in the suit.
Though “Tomorrow 2” — the remix track featuring Cardi B — is also listed in the suit because it used the same instrumental (thus allegedly used the same problematic elements), Cardi B is not named as a defendant in the case.
It’s unclear how much Paynes is seeking in damages.
GloRilla has found herself in several bits of legal trouble as of late.
In addition to the pending suit from Paynes, the rapper (real name Gloria Hallelujah Woods) also had to deal with the bad press surrounding a recent lawsuit filed by one of the sisters of a victim of the deadly stampede at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY.
The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month, was filed by Ronisha Huston and her attorneys. Huston is the sister of Rhondesia Belton, who was one of the three people killed at the March 5 Armory concert.
“Petitioner Ronisha Huston and her now deceased sister, Rhondesia Belton, got caught up in the crowd surge,” Huston’s legal team reportedly wrote. “Huston witnessed her sister getting crushed in the stampede.”
Police believe a rumor of gunfire — which was unfounded — proved to be the impetus behind the stampede which left three people dead and numerous others injured.
The filing made by Huston revealed she’s suffering from emotional distress and has demanded that confidential information be turned over, including security firms working the deadly concert, security camera footage of the incident as well as “fire exit and emergency plans, floor plans and regulatory permits” secured.
However, GloRilla and Finesse2tymes — who also performed — weren’t named in the lawsuit, and neither was any other individual or organization outside of the Main Street Armory.
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