A Washington, D.C. production company has filed an $18 million lawsuit
over the rights to the music on the hit song “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz
and Nicki Minaj. According to Allhiphop.com, Derrick Price, Doc Mob
Records and IHip Hop Music filed the suit against Trey, Atlantic Records,
Kodak, manager Gee Robertson, producer Kane Beatz and others.
According to the suit, which was filed on February 2nd in the Southern
District of New York, Doc Mob hired producer Milton James aka Tony Scales
to produce the original, copyrighted track for “Bottoms Up” for his
company, Doc Mob Records. Price and Doc Mob further claimed that the track
was originally produced by James in Price’s home studio.
At some point, James teamed with producer Kane Beatz who added production
to the song, which was eventually used by Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj. The
lawsuit claimed that “Bottoms Up” was contained on Trey Songz’ hit album
Passion, Pain and Pleasure but only listed Kane Beatz as producer of the
Doc Mob’s Derrick Price has alleged that he sent multiple cease-and-desist
letters to Atlantic Records and Trey Songz, but they were allegedly
ignored by the defendants in the case.
Kodak has been dragged into the $18 million dollar lawsuit, for using the
song in an advertising campaign featuring Trey Songz.