Dan Bull - Dear Lord Finesse



This week's headlines were dominated by Lord Finesse's decision to file a $10m lawsuit against Mac Miller for using his Hip 2 Da Game beat on mixtape K.I.D.S, released two years ago. His claim states:


"This is a case about a teenage rapper — Mac Miller — copying the music from a song written, produced and performed by Lord Finesse, a hip hop legend, changing the title and then distributing it under his own name in order to launch his music career."


Now, the D.I.T.C producer's contribution to the genre has never been in doubt. He's crafted classics, bore the torch for others and introduced the world to Big L. But, whatever you make of Mac Miller, the case smacks of hypocrisy and appears to betray hip hop's pick-and-sample ethos. Besides, K.I.D.S. credited Finesse as the producer of Kool Aid And Frozen Pizza. The mixtape was free. And it appears the Oscar Peterson sample was never cleared in the original... 

The Funky Technician stresses that it's the bigger picture that counts: K.I.D.S. launched Mac Miller's career, and on top of that his video collects blue chip ad revenue every time it's viewed. You can see why he feels he's owed something. 

Enter Dan Bull. A fierce opponent of draconian digital censorship laws, the UK rapper has unwittingly been dragged into the palaver after recording Dear Lord Finesse. In a confounding twist to the story, the light-hearted dig has been pulled from YouTube after a complaint from the Hip 2 Da Game producer's legal team, which argued breach of copyright. Not one to go down without a fight, Dan Bull has responded with a new video addressing the ham-fisted treatment of his parody and questioning the grounds for infringement claims. 

Oh, and he also went and put the offending video up on Vimeo.