50 Cent has reportedly filed a lawsuit against his rap rival Rick Ross for using his hit single In Da Club without permission. The music mogul, real name Curtis Jackson, is said to be accusing Ross of remixing the 2003 track for a song on his Renzel Remixes mixtape. The lawsuit comes months after 50 Cent was ordered to pay damages to one of Ross's ex-girlfriends for leaking her sex tape online.
Ross, 38, released the mixtape in November 2015 and 50 Cent, who reportedly filed the lawsuit in Connecticut, claims the Maybach Music Group boss used In Da Club to promote the release of his latest album Black Market. According to TMZ, 50 Cent is demanding that Ross make a payout of $2m (£1.3m) as compensation for allegedly failing to obtain rights to sample the song.
Explaining the issue, a lawyer for 50 Cent told Billboard: "50 Cent's most valuable asset is the name and reputation he has painstakingly built through his Grammy-winning music, acting and business endeavours. He chooses his projects carefully for the very purpose of protecting that name and reputation. Our complaint alleges that Rick Ross has taken these without permission to advertise his own album, and violated 50 Cent's rights in the process, and we believe he should be held liable."
Listen to 50 Cent's In Da Club:
There is no love lost between 50 Cent and Rick Ross, who are known to have had turbulent relations in the past. In July 2015, a judge ruled that 50 Cent must pay Lastonia Leviston, an ex-girlfriend of Ross', damages of $7m for posting online a sex tape in which she appeared. However, 50 Cent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy several days after the court's judgement, claiming he is unable to pay the compensation.
The two rappers were also embroiled in a social media feud after Ross claimed 50 Cent's son Marquise had applied for an internship with MMG however, Marquise has told All Hip Hop: "What internship? I'm working on some music right now. I'm actually taking acting classes. I'm really excited about that too. I'm going to work in different fields. I plan on doing many things in the culture. Try to shift it."