Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over “Everyday I’m Shufflin'” Lyric


Hip-hop heavyweight Rick Ross has filed copyright infringement against LMFAO, the electric pop duo of Stefan Kendal Gordy (Redfoo) and Skyler Austen Gordy (Sky Blu), reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Ross claims the group’s 2010 hit “Party Rock Anthem”, which contains the phrase “Everyday I’m shufflin’ ” in the chorus was lifted from his 2006 chart-topper “Hustlin’ ” that contains the phrase “Everyday I’m hustlin’.”

“The use of ‘Hustlin’ ‘ in ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is readily apparent despite the slight change from ‘Everyday I’m hustlin’ …’ to’  ‘Everyday I’m shufflin’ …’ and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work,” stated Ross and his legal team in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed in Florida Federal Court further argues that the phrase is “performed in a manner to sound like” Ross’ own, and “is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin’.”

“Party Rock Anthem”, which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks, has garnered much success as noted in the lawsuit.

“The phrase is so important to the success of ‘Party Rock Anthem,’ that LMFAO launched a highly successful clothing line, Party Rock Clothing, that features the phrase on T-shirts and other clothing items,” says the lawsuit.

Others named as defendants in the lawsuit include Kia Motors America, who used in advertisements, and Kobalt Music Publishing.

Ross is seeking an injunction and maximum statutory damages, according to THR.

“Hustlin’ ” appeared on the rapper’s debut album “Port of Miami” in 2006.

Listen to the two songs below.

(Photo Credit: Instagram/Rick Ross)