Tyrone “Caliber” Simmons, a 28-year old up and coming rapper from Atlanta, has claimed that rapper 50 Cent stole the beat for his song “I Get Money” which was featured on The Massacre.
According to reports, Simmons purchased the license to the instrumental version of “I Get Money” which cannot be used without his permission due to a copyright.
“The misappropriation of copyright-protected material is an endemic problem in the music business, and particularly in the genre of hip-hop/rap. This is one such case,” said Louis D. Tambaro, Simmons’ attorney. “Our client was granted exclusive rights to the ‘I Get Money’ instrumental and was unceremoniously cut out of the loop when the defendants realized they had a huge hit on their hands.”
Parties named in Simmons’ lawsuit include 50 Cent, Aftermath Entertainment, G-Unit, and Shady Records. It is unclear how much Simmons is seeking in his lawsuit.
“I Get Money,” one of Fif’s biggest hits to date was one of the lead singles on his third studio album, Curits.
It birthed a number of remixes and was #14 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. It peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks