Saturday, August 06, 2016

Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, Warren G, Kurupt, Nate Dogg Sued Over 1993 Track

by VVN Music

A sextet of veteran rappers have been sued over a 1993 song.

Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None) was a hit off of Snoop Dogg's debut album Doogystyle with songwriting credits for Snoop, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, Warren G, Kurupt and the late Nate Dogg.

On Thursday, Antonio White and Craig Ward sued the six songwriters (including the estate of Nate Dogg) for unspecified damages for allegedly stealing a song.

According to the suit, the two rappers had recorded the song in 1991 and had played it the next year for Suge Knight with Snoop, Dre and Kurupt also in the studio at the time. White and Ward say they had made a deal with Knight that would trade the song for a recording contract and promotion of their career.  Knight never delivered on his promise.

Instead, two years later, Snoop released Doggystyle with a track that White and Ward say were substantially similar to their song. From the lawsuit "The verses of both songs are concerned with homies relaxing one night, getting high and having a dialogue addressed to a female who previously had sex with the speaker, followed by suggesting an elaborate scenario, that the female should be sexually shared among the homies, described in a partly humorous, partly derisive tone."

The lawsuit also references a 2013 interview in Rolling Stone with Knight where he said that "Ain't No Fun" was a song that he had heard by some associate named "Pooh" and "All them dudes already had a record done. And they came and played it for us in the studio. They played us the demo. Everybody looked at it like it was alright. And then after they left, shit, everybody was chopping that same beat."