How different are "shufflin'" and "hustlin'" really? Apparently, Rick Ross wants a judge to decide.
Ross is suing electronic-rap duo LMFAO for lifting the lyric "Everyday I'm shufflin" for their 2010 hit "Party Rock Anthem" from a similar line in his song "Hustlin'," which he released four years earlier.
According to the lawsuit, as reported by Hollywood Reporter, Ross claims, "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."
But wait, there's more. Ross also claims in the lawsuit that Stefan Kendal Gordy and Skyler Austen Gordy of LMFAO "perform in a manner to sound like" Ross's own song. He wants an injunction and the maximum statutory damages.
We'll let the courts sort out this one, except to note the track record of both songs. While "Hustlin'" hit No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified platinum multiple times, "Party Rock Anthem" spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1 and has been used in commercials and episodes of televisions shows including "Gossip Girl," "Glee" and "Parks and Recreation."