Frank Ocean Hit With Lawsuit For Mary J. Blige Sample


/ February 11, 2014

All has been quiet on the Frank Ocean front but it hasn’t stopped him from being a magnet for controversy. The singer and his label may be facing some legal trouble after TufAmerica sued Def Jam and its parent company Universal Music Group over a reported copyright infringement on his song “Super Rich Kids” that samples Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love,” according to Billboard. TufAmerica only owns 3% of the Blige record, btw.

This isn’t the first time TufAmerica has targeted a big artist for sampling a song. Last fall, a similar lawsuit was filed against Jay-Z for his “Run this Town” sampling.

In other Ocean news, the Odd Future crooner has also been apparently given the cold shoulder from MCs for being gay. Ocean, who released his highly-praised debut Channel Orange in July 2012, has kept busy by working with the likes of Beyoncé, John Mayer and his Wolfgang crew members Earl Sweatshirt but other hip-hoppers? Not so much.

Auto-Tune king T-Pain revealed that he knew folks who wouldn’t work with Ocean based on his sexuality, before saying that homophobia in hip-hop has acted as a c-block against potential collaborations.

“I think the radio is getting more gay-friendly. I don’t think urban music is getting more gay-friendly,” he said in a recent interview with VladTV. “If that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs … I know n***as who will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he’s gay.”

Ocean, who hinted that he was back to work in the studio last November, came out about his sexuality in 2012 on Tumblr.