A former member of 2 Live Crew has filed a lawsuit against Ice-T and Jay-Z, claiming he is entitled to royalties for a song made famous by Jay-Z as part of his top-selling “The Black Album.”
In a filing Monday in U.S. District Court, Marquis Ross claims he wrote lyrics and a beat similar to those featured in the chorus of “99 Problems,” which was eventually copyrighted by Jay-Z.
Ross alleges that Jay-Z’s 2003 and 2004 recordings are based on a song by the same name that was released a decade earlier on Ice-T’s “Home Invasion” album.
The lawsuit alleges Ross was asked by Ice-T to appear on that track and had performed parts of it before their collaboration.
Ice-T put his own name on the copyright, but didn’t include Ross and refused to pay royalties to the 2 Live Crew rapper until 2005, when he made a “partial payment” of $10,000, the lawsuit claims.
A spokeswoman for Jay-Z didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press Tuesday for comment. A spokesman for Ice-T also was unavailable for comment.
Ross is requesting back royalties and punitive damages.