A Louisiana DJ claims he created a beat in 2000 that ended up on songs from Cardi B, Master P, and French Montana without his permission and now he’s filed a massive lawsuit to get all the money he claims to be owed.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, DJ JMK claims he created an instrumental called “Choppa Style Instrumental” and eventually hooked up with rapper Choppa to add lyrics to create a song called “Choppa Style.”
He claims the song became popular and they made a deal with Take Fo’ Records to include the song on Choppa’s album. But DJ JMK claims Take Fo’ Records had their in-house producer recreate his song, rather than pay him.
DJ JMK claims the duplicate version copied his “horn riff, arrangement and melody” and used “a piano to copy the horn melody and arrangement” of his song.
He says Choppa eventually landed a deal with Master P’s No Limit Records and another unauthorized version of the song was created, “Choppa Style Remix featuring Master P.”
Over the years, he claims his song was then sampled by Cardi B and City Girls for their song, “Twerk,” by Yo Gotti and French Montana for “Oh Yeah,” and then Trouble’s song with City Girls, “She a Winner.”
DJ JMK (real name: Kirk Edwards) is suing all of the rappers and record labels listed above, plus a slew of others, claiming copyright infringement and breach of contract. He is seeking unspecified damages.