May 10th, 2012 by edsel
Music label company TufAmerica went to New York’s Federal Court and filed a lawsuit against The Beastie Boys just a day before TBB member Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch died from cancer.
Gossip Central reported that TufAmerica inadvertently picked a rather untimely moment to allege that two of the rap phenom’s biggest albums stole music from the Washington D.C. band Trouble Funk.
According to court documents, the lawsuit accused the late MCA and his partners Mike D and Ad-Rock of taking samples from the repertoire of 80′s band Trouble Funk to use in certain songs found in The Beastie Boys albums ‘Licensed to Ill’ and ‘Paul’s Boutique.’
One example TufAmerica cited is The Beastie Boys hit ‘The New Style,’ which the Plaintiff claimed stole a drum beat from Trouble Funk’s ‘go-go funk’ hit ‘Drop The Bomb.’ Other supposed offenders are TBB songs ‘Car Thief’ and ‘Hold It Now Hit It.’
The alleged illegal sampling took place years ago. TufAmerica explained that they chose to take legal action only now because The Beastie Boys were supposedly distributing the ‘thief’ tracks though e-release. Additionally, TufAmerica claimed that they ”never received royalties or payment” from the rap phenoms.