Doug E. Fresh has teamed up with publishing company Wonderboy Entertainment and songwriter Unique Mecca Hall to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Fox’s ‘Empire.’
The lawsuit claims that during season two of “Empire,” the show sampled the Doug E. Fresh’s 1993-hit “I-Ight” (Alright). The track was illegally sampled and used in the song “No Doubt About It,” which was performed on episode three by Pitbull and Jussie Smollett, as well as featured on Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 2 Volume 1.
The song was produced for the show by Timbaland, who was recently replaced as the musical director of ‘Empire’ after two seasons.
via Rolling Out:
Songwriter Unique Mecca Hall is credited with creating the popular party chant “Ayo, Aight” and in 1993 he and Doug E. Fresh used the phrase in Doug E.’s hit song, “I-ght” (Alright). Since then, the chant has been legally used in many hip-hop songs and on the soundtracks for Above the Rim and Notorious.
Rasheed Rahan Wonder of Wonderboy Entertainment is representing songwriter Unique Mecca Hall in the lawsuit, as he is currently serving life plus 20 years in prison for an 848 King Pin charge. Hall is said to be released soon due to new evidence and circumstances with his case. In addition, Rasheed Rahan Wonder is in negotiations to produce a Unique Mecca Hall biopic rumored to be titled Paid in Full 2. Hall was known to be the real Nino Brown of Harlem with many putting him on the same level as Harlem legends AZ, Alpo and Rich Porter.
At this point, we’ve lost count of how many times ‘Empire’ has been sued or threatened with a lawsuit.