You can now add gospel songrwriters Ciara Sheppard Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary to the list of people Rick Ross is feuding with. Warrick and Weary filed a lawsuit against Ross, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, producer Jake One and Universal Music Group for the song “3 Kings” claiming the song goes against their values.
Warrick and Weary own the rights to the 1976 song “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch)” which was sampled in “3 Kings.” According to AllHipHop.com, the lawsuit also talks about the “3 Kings” video. The suit states,
The video includes very graphic depictions of drug use, vulgarity, nudity, gun violence, criminal conduct, actions demeaning to women and many other items that are certainly inconsistent with Plaintiffs’ wishes for how Plaintiffs’ song would be portrayed.”
The suit also claims that “3 Kings” is a big reason for the success of Ross’s album “God Forgives, I Don’t,” which is nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammys. Warrick and Weary’s suit states,
“Once the Grammy Awards are broadcast, the listeners will be alerted to existence of Plaintiffs song, at which time it will be subjected worldwide to irreparable harm of being linked to defendant’s song.”
The songwriters want the commercial sales and performance of the song to stop immediately. They also are suing for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices, unfair competition by misappropriation, conversion and unjust enrichment.
An undecided amount in damages is what both Warrick and Weary are aiming for. This could get more interesting if Ross’s album wins the Grammy.