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Robert Fontenot

O'Jays Sue Crown Royal for $1M

By April 27, 2013

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Philly Soul legends the O'Jays have sued Crown Royal whiskey for a cool million dollars, claiming that the potent potable's latest ad features their 1973 smash "For the Love of Money" without permission -- and worse, uses it as a backing track for a rapper named Big K.R.I.T. to spit rhymes about the good life. In their lawsuit, the trio behind other early-70s R&B classics like "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train" note that they never gave permission for their song to be sampled, but the song Crown Royal uses, KRIT's "Reign On," presumably paid for the rights to use the original as a sample. Nevertheless, the lawsuit claims the use is "humiliating and demeaning" and "reduc(es the group) to background singers." Moreover, they go after the rapper himself, calling him a "poseur with limited ability to carry a tune" and describing his flow as "self-aggrandizing" and "childish."

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