Migos Win 'Walk It Talk It' Copyright Infringement Case

The hip-hop group Migos has a copyright suit filed by an artist from North Carolina who claimed that their song “Walk It Talk it” infringed on his own.

In October of 2018, rapper M.O.S. — whose real name is Leander Pickett — insisted that the hit single from Migos infringed on a 2008 song that he released called “Walk It Like I Talk It.”

But U.S. District Court Judge Analisa Torre disagreed. She indicated that the only similarity between the two songs was the lyric “walk it like I talk it,” which she says is a “short and commonplace phrase” and hence not protectable by copyright law. The judge further indicated that the phrase had been used in a number of other songs prior to the one by M.O.S., such as:

  • “March ‘n’ Step” by Paul Wall
  • “3 A.M.” by Young Jeezy
  • “Be Easy” by Wiz Khalifa

Another reason the judge gave for dismissing the suit was that M.O.S. had not registered the copyright of his song before initiating the suit, which would have been necessary for the complaint to move forward.

Dana Whitfield, who is a lawyer for M.O.S., told Billboard that he and other members of the rapper’s legal team are “exploring options for an appeal” of the judge’s decision.

The lawsuit named more than just Migos, which includes Quavo (Quavious Marshall), Offset (Kiari Cephus) and Takeoff (Kirsnick Ball). It also named Quality Control Music, Capitol Records and Migos Touring Inc. as well as the producers of “Walk It Talk It”: OG Parker (Joshua Parker) and Deko (Grant Decouto).

Migos was founded in Lawrenceville, Georgia back in 2008. Their debut album Yung Rich Nation came out in 2015, and their follow-up albums Culture and Culture II both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2017 and 2018.

“Walk It Talk It,” which included vocals from Drake, reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018.

The Christian Grammy Awards Sued by the Actual Grammy Awards

On October 31, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences a lawsuit in a California federal court against an event billing itself as the “Christian Grammy Awards.”

According to the suit, the Christian Grammy Awards have been extensively promoting themselves online and infringing on the Grammy trademark. The academy is further accusing the event of prominently using the word “GRAMMY” in its marketing efforts, which they believe constitutes an attempt on the event’s part to affiliate themselves with the academy.

Interestingly, also according to the suit, the organizers of the Christian Grammy Awards are even trying to trademark the term “Christian Grammy Awards.” Last month, they reportedly filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the purposes of “promoting artistic progress and achievement in the field of recording artist and or musicians in the Christian faith.”

The academy further accuses the event of using a logo that is very close to that of the Grammy Awards. This includes using the same exact platform while replacing the Grammy Awards’ gramophone horn on top of it with a treble clef symbol. The academy insists that this “serves no purpose in the design except to call to mind the GRAMMY brand.”

Before filing the suit, the academy says that it tried to contact the organizers of the event numerous times to get them to cease their infringement but that they received no response.

The lawsuit is seeking treble and punitive damages against the organizers of the event, and the academy is further asking the court to permanently prevent them from infringing on the academy’s trademarks.

In addition to the Christian Grammy Awards, which is a California corporation, the suit names Amigos Unidos Transformando Vidas Inc., which is allegedly planning the event, and Karina Castro Garcia, who has been listed as the CEO of Amigos Unidos Transformando Vidas Inc.

So far, none of the defendants have responded to the lawsuit.

The Game Announces ‘Born 2 Rap’ Release Date

Mark your calendars.

After much anticipation, The Game has finally announced an official release date for his final album Born 2 Rap. Taking to Instagram, he revealed that the project will drop on Black Friday, Nov. 29.

“Born 2 Rap. November 29th 2019 #AOTY 🐐,” said Game.

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He previously revealed that the oft-delayed album would arrive in November his newly-launched imprint Prolific Records.

“To my day 1 fans & those waiting on the album…. I know I’ve been quiet but I’ve been grinding, tightening up the album for a November release,” he wrote. “In the process, I started @prolificrecordsla & I will drop my last studio album #Born2Rap on this imprint.”

In August, he dropped the Mad Max-inspired video for his street single “West Side” co-starring Dave East and Jackie Long. He also recently shot a video for his Anderson .Paak collaboration “Stainless.”

Born 2 Rap marks Game’s ninth album and first since 2016’s 1992. Earlier this year, he previewed the project, including collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Migos, Anderson .Paak, Eric Bellinger, and Snoh Aalegra.

“I put everything I had into this album,” he told fans. “My TRUE FANS deserve this CLASSIC!!!”

Offset Announces Mysterious Release Date On Instagram

What on earth is Offset planning for us? At the top this year, the Migos star made his ficial solo debut by dropping Father Of 4, a body work that dove deep into the soul and psyche the Atlanta rapper. Since then, the recording artist has been relatively quiet on the music front, appearing here and there for features and seemingly working with the rest his team on the next Migos album. His social media antics have been ramped up and now, Set has started to tease something mysterious that nobody can quite decipher.

Offset Announces Mysterious Release Date On Instagram
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Taking to Instagram on Wednesday this week, Offset told the world that he would be coming through with a major announcement soon. A video upload shows him confidently rubbing his hands together while wearing an American flag hooded sweatshirt. A date then flashes before our very eyes, signalling the fact that something will be arriving on October 27, 2019. What could he have in store for us, though? If it were a Friday, we could confidently say that a new single or project would be surprising us on streaming services but since the twenty-seventh is a Sunday this month, your guess is as good as mine.

Offset will clear up the confusion later today. What do you think he’s hitting us with?

Justin Bieber Paints Offset A Dope New Art Piece

Who knew Justin Bieber had artistic skills like this? Sure, we’re all aware that the young man can perform and write music with the best them. Ever since he was a kid, he’s been praised as one the strongest modern-day pop stars. Breaking records and selling out arenas comes naturally for the Biebs and, surprisingly enough, it turns out that he’s quite a talented visual artist too.

Justin Bieber Paints Offset A Dope New Art Piece
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Even if you’re multi-talented, it’s ten a good idea to hone in on one area your expertise so that you can perfect that, mastering your craft before moving onto new avenues. Look at Kanye West for example. The Chicago legend started f as a music producer before diving into the world rap. Once he got settled in, he took fashion design seriously. While Biebervelli isn’t necessarily teasing a full-time move into the world visual art, he is showing the world how multi-faceted his creativity is.

According to the newly-married superstar, Migos rapper Offset asked him to create a piece art for his fice and Justin came through. Flexing the finishing touches his artwork, many Biebs’ peers are going crazy for the piece. It makes sense why everyone is so impressed too. The work is actually solid.

What do you think it? Would you cop some Bieber artwork for your crib?

Quavo Pleas With Falcons To Make Him Their Starting QB: Watch

Being a fan the Atlanta Falcons hasn’t been fruitful this season as they are 1-5 through the first six games. Quarterback Matt Ryant hasn’t been his MVP-self and fans are starting to get fed up with the team’s performance on the field. Considering who they have on the roster, you would think the team could pull f some much more inspiring results. One the fans who is getting frustrated with the team is none other than Quavo Migos.

Quavo has always proven himself to be a huge Falcons fan and during an interview with TMZ, he let his feelings be known. Essentially, Quavo is putting much the blame on Ryan and believes that he himself should get a chance to start at QB for the Falcons. If you’re a Quavo fan, then you know he was a pretty good quarterback in high school.

“Matt Ryan is making me mad right now,” Quavo said. “If the Falcons start me, I’ll play and I’ll throw to Julio Jones every play.”

Quavo also spoke on his good friend Jalen Ramsey who was recently traded to the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams and Falcons play each other this weekend and Quavo is adamant that despite his talent, he’ll get out-run by the likes Jones.

If you’re a Falcons fan, you have to figure Quavo couldn’t be any worse than what’s happening now.

Rolling Loud Hong Kong Canceled Because a Lot Could Possibly Go Wrong

The Rolling Loud Hong Kong festival, which was to feature musical artists such as Wiz Khalifa and Migos on October 19-20, has been canceled because of safety concerns relating to the anti-government protests that have been rocking the city.

The festival, which was backed by Live Nation, announced the cancelation in a Facebook post.  In it, the festival expressed regret over the cancellation but added that — after discussing the situation with security experts — it would not be possible to hold the festival “without endangering the safety and well-being of our fans, artists and staff.”

The Rolling Loud Hong Kong site is still live, but ticketing has been disabled.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the festival will never have a Hong Kong edition, however.  The organizers indicated that they hope to one day “celebrate the city’s rich culture and buzzing hip-hop scene.”

Those who purchased tickets directly from the festival’s ticketing platform will automatically receive a refund within the next 45 business days.

Back in the U.S., the New York edition of Rolling Loud, which took place this past weekend, also faced serious security concerns.  In response to issues posed by a number of performing rappers, the New York Police Department forced the festival to remove a number of acts from the festival’s lineup.

Of course, rap festivals aren’t yoga retreats, and mayhem is a looming risk.  Coupled with the chaos of Hong Kong, and it’s hard to imagine Live Nation not cancelling the festival.

Hong Kong was a British colony for many years until control over it reverted back to China in 1997.

Since then, the people living in the city have generally enjoyed more freedom than those who live in the communist-controlled mainland. But in recent years the Chinese government has been exerting more and more control over Hong Kong, which culminated in an extradition bill that many thought would lead to unfair trials in the mainland.

While the bill was ultimately withdrawn, it spawned a movement, especially among young people in Hong Kong, who are calling for the city to become a true democracy.  Initially, the rallies were peaceful, but protestors have been steadily clashing with police and sparking a wave of violence.  This has led the Chinese government to threaten a harsh response to further unrest, with the music industry and its performers already getting sucked into the maelstrom

That includes Zedd, who is now banned from performing in China after .

 

"Rolling Loud" Hong Kong Cancelled Over Security Reasons Amid Protests

Rolling Loud is currently the biggest hip-hop festival in the world. After launching in Miami, it’s expanded to New York, California, and now, it’s going global with dates in Europe and Asia. Now, China’s hip-hop scene has been blowing up in the past few years, especially with acts like Higher Brothers. So, Rolling Loud was supposed to head to Hong Kong later this week — Oct. 19th and 20th — but that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Due to increasing security concerns, Rolling Loud has canceled they’re festival in Hong Kong in wake the protests. “After consulting with security experts, it has been determined that it is not possible to organize the upcoming Rolling Loud Hong Kong edition as we had hoped without endangering the safety and well-being our fans, artists, and staff,” a statement posted to Rolling Loud’s Facebook page read. “While we regret having to cancel the festival, this is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we look forward to bringing the Rolling Loud festival experience to Hong Kong in the future to celebrate the city’s rich culture and buzzing hip-hop music scene.”

The protests in Hong Kong between the government and young pro-democracy advocates have escalated to violent levels in recent times. Police have responded with live rounds, tear gas, rubber bullets and more. 

Tyga Signs Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Columbia Records

New York, NY – Tyga has found a new home for his music.

According to a press release, the Grammy Award-nominated rapper has secured a multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Records and officially joined the label’s extensive roster. He’s expected to release fresh material in the very near future.

In a recent interview with Variety, Tyga explained his intentions with the longstanding imprint.

“They definitely understand the global brand,” he explained. “I have a lot of fans worldwide — in places I’ve never been like South America, and in places I have been like Asia and Europe. They can help bring that to a larger scale. Doing it independently, you don’t really have those teams to help worldwide.

“Sony, if you look at the history from what they’ve done from Pharrell to Beyoncé to Adele — then you look at Lil Nas X, one of their new artists that’s blown up this year — they’ve done a lot for artists globally, for their brand.”

Tyga Signs Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Columbia Records

Tyga’s career reached epic heights after releasing his major label debut, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, in 2011. The 21-track album contained the quadruple-platinum single “Rack City” and triple-platinum “Faded” featuring Lil Wayne, among others.

Last year, he unleashed his most successful single to date, “Taste” featuring Migos rapper Offset. It not only went six-times platinum, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it also generated over 1 billion cumulative streams.

The 29-year-old’s most recent album, Legendary, dropped in June.

Lil Wayne Ordered To Pay $150K In Lawsuit Over Fake Concert Bookings: Report

Lil Wayne‘s legal issues have piled on but it seems like some them haven’t gotten to his desk. Unfortunately, that means that Wayne’s gotta cough up some dough for some them. According to TMZ, a judge has ordered Weezy to cough up $150K in a lawsuit claiming that he created fake booking companies to set up fraudulent shows. So, it seems nearly improbable that Lil Wayne took time from recording or skateboarding to create a sham company for a few bucks. The reason he was hit with a $500K judgment is that he failed to fight the lawsuit against him.

Ramin Natan sued Lil Wayne and Migos earlier this year on claims that they were “Ponzi scheme artists” who created shell companies to take money for shows that they never even intended on performing at. Natan said that he gave out a $500K loan to another gentleman, Eric Strenger, who was allegedly promoting some Lil Wayne shows. The thing is, Natan believes Strenger lied about actually being a promoter and had issues with Wayne from the jump. Natan said Weezy took the $500K deposit but never actually took the stage or returned the money. 

Wayne ultimately never responded to the suit in the first place so the judge hit him with a default judgment. Whether or not he plans on fighting it remains unclear. 

Offset Channels Ric Flair During Appearance On WWE SmackDown Live: Watch

The WWE is doing everything they can to boost ratings and gain exposure as they prepare to move SmackDown Live to Friday nights on Fox starting October 4. In an effort to do just that, the company linked up with Offset for a surprise appearance alongside Charlotte Flair during Tuesday’s taping at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

As seen in the footage embedded below, the Atlanta-native donned Ric Flair’s pink robe as he introduced Charlotte prior to her match against Sasha Banks. Offset also hinted at a new Migos album during an interview immediately after his in-ring work.

Check out the highlights:

As noted, SmackDown Live will be making it’s premiere on Fox on October 4th and the company is bringing back a number WWE legends as part a 20th anniversary special. The list superstars scheduled to appear including The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair and Sting.

On top that, the WWE has announced that a superstar draft will take place on the October 11th edition SmackDown Live. Click here for more details on that.

Offset Allegedly Owes $210K In Back Taxes: Report

Offset and the rest the Migos are constantly flashing cash, even at the most unnecessary situations. Offset particularly was seen in the Carpool Karaoke episode with stacks on stacks money that amounted to hundreds thousands. Unfortunately, the IRS is watching and it appears as though there’s a six-figure tax bill that ‘Set must pay up ASAP.

According to The Blast, Offset is being targetted by the Georgia Department Revenue for a $210K bill that’s been left unpaid. The debt comes from 2017 after he initially owed $146,845.83 in back taxes. However, after neglecting the alleged bill, it appears as though with taxes, penalties and collection costs, his new bill is over $200K. And the home listed on the tax lien is property he bought with Cardi B. If the rapper fails to pay the debt soon enough, he’ll be forced into having his assets seized.

At the end the day, Offset is a businessman above anything else. Cardi B’s ten given him credit for helping her get her business correct before she propelled into the limelight. Most recently, the rapper invested in the esports group FaZe Clan — you’ve probably seen him rocking the hoodie around. With the rise online gaming, it seems like Offset could run into some big bags.

If all else fails, we’re sure Offset could sell a few piece jewelry to cover the bill. 

Rolling Loud Hong Kong Line-Up: Migos, Wiz Khalifa, Playboi Carti & More

There isn’t quite any competition in terms who organizes the greatest hip-hop festival in the world right now. There are a few spots that are bubbling, like Day N Vegas in Las Vegas, but the premier destination for hip-hop fans anywhere in the world is at Rolling Loud. Starting f a half-decade ago in Miami, Florida, Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler bonded together over music, coming up with an idea that had never been imagined before. They proceeded to shut shit down each year in Miami, adding stronger names to the line-up and building a solid festival reputation. Now that they’ve already set up shop in New York, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Australia, and more, it’s time for the boys to take on Hong Kong.

Rolling Loud Hong Kong Line-Up: Migos, Wiz Khalifa, Playboi Carti & More
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It was always in the plans for there to be a Rolling Loud Festival in Hong Kong and finally, the line-up has been announced. Much like the show in Australia, there will be a reduced line-up in Hong Kong. Taking place in Asia for the first time, RL will be held at Art Park on October 19 and 20. Headliners include the Migos and Wiz Khalifa. Rounding out the line-up will be festival veterans, Playboi Carti, $uicideboy$, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Skies, Smokepurpp, Robb Bank$, and many more.

Are you expecting a good show with this line-up? Enough to fly out to Hong Kong?

Rihanna Reveals Star-Studded Savage x Fenty Fashion Show Lineup

The stars will hit the runway for Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show.

The superstar singer will present her Fall/Winter 2019 intimates collection during New York Fashion Week today. The star-studded event will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with performances from Migos, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Halsey, A$AP Ferg, Fat Joe, Fabolous, Tierra Whack, and more.

Additionally, some of RiRi’s famous friends will make special appearances including 21 Savage, Normani, Alek Wek, Aquaria, Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne, Christian Combs, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Laverne Cox.

Following Tuesday’s live event, Amazon Prime will stream the Savage x Fenty show in more than 200 countries and territories beginning Sept. 20.

Taking to Instagram, Rihanna teased the second annual fashion and music extravaganza. “You have no idea how crazy of a show is coming to @amazonprimevideo!!” she wrote.

On Thursday, Rihanna will host her Diamond Ball benefitting her Clara Lionel Foundation. Seth Meyers will emcee the 5th annual gala in New York, while Pharrell and DJ Khaled will provide the entertainment.

Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty’s NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces

Rihanna‘s Savage x Fenty collection is now available on Amazon, creating lingerie havoc for fans her fashion line. While fans await the September 20 showing her runway show on Amazon Prime, her famous friends arrived at the Barclays Center on Tuesday to see it all go down firsthand. There was reportedly a strict no photography policy at the show, aside from the red—well, black—carpet arrivals.

DJ Khaled, Halsey, Big Sean, Migos, Fat Joe, ASAP Ferg, My Fabolous Life, and Tierra Whack were all slated as performers for the star-studded event, while others enjoyed their front row seats. There were plenty noteworthy names in attendance, including A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Saweetie, Dreezy, G-Eazy, Normani, Dave East, Kehlani, Rapsody, Misa Hylton, and course, Fenty model Slick Woods. Check out a few photos everyone’s black carpet style below.

Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty's NYFW Runway Show Brings Out Famous Faces
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