A federal judge in Connecticut ruled that rapper 50 Cent’s $2 million suit against Miami rapper Rick Ross isn’t worth as much as, well, Fiddy’s name.
On Thursday, the judge tossed the lawsuit filed in 2015 by 50 Cent — born Curtis Jackson III — against Ross.
Back then, the rival rappers, who have traded barbs for years, were fighting over a mixtape Ross released. Their antagonism was fueled, in part, by a $7 million judgment against 50 Cent — for leaking a sex tape featuring Ross’ ex-girlfriend Lastonia Leviston.
Ross’ mixtape, “Renzel Remixes,” samples the beat from 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” a chart-topping hit from 2003. Jackson argued that Ross, who helped put Carol City on the hip hop map, took the beat without permission.
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But the judge, in his dismissal, said that Jackson didn’t have “a valid argument” since he doesn’t own the copyright or the master recordings — these belong to Shady/Aftermath Records. Thus, there “wasn’t much merit behind his argument,” TMZ originally reported.
Jackson’s lawyers had told Complex, “We will use every legal tool available to remedy what we allege is an unauthorized use of 50 Cent’s name, identity, and trademark.” Jackson filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
Ross, 42, was represented by Leron Rogers, an Atlanta attorney.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Rogers said: “We are pleased that we were able to shut down Mr. Jackson’s creative attempt to establish a new right of publicity claim for use of his voice that was included in a copyrighted song. This ruling clarifies the claim to rights held by artists and music labels, as it relates to use of sampled music in mixtapes.
“Had the ruling gone the other way, it would have opened a floodgate of litigation that could have drastic impact on the music industry as a whole by providing every artist sampled in a mixtape a separate right of publicity claim,” Rogers concluded.
In March, Jackson, 43, mocked Ross via Twitter when Ross was hospitalized, reportedly with pneumonia, at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.