Hip-Hop News: Hip Hop Artist Takes On Music Publisher Over Royalties
The artist Young MC alleges that the publishing company did not pay royalties for multiple songs.
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Posted by Dave
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3/15/2006 5:56:12 AM

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Rapper Young MC has sued a music publishing company, alleging it failed to pay royalties for songs he helped write, including the Tone Loc hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.”

The suit, filed March 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court, asserts that Young MC, whose real name is Marvin Young, agreed in Dec. 1988 to allow Varry White Music, Inc. to “collect monies from the exploitation” of the songs and that the music publishing company has breached its duties by failing to collect and credit monies due to him.

He additionally asserts that the company failed and refused to supply an auditor with requested documentation for the songs, which are “still broadly used to this day.”

U.K.-born Young MC, best known for the 1989 hit single “Bust a Move” from the platinum album “Stone Cold Rhymin,”’ seeks a proper accounting and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Young MC wrote the lyrics for “Wild Thing,” a No. 2 hit for Delicious Vinyl labelmate Tone Loc, in about 35 minutes. But his work on “Funky Cold Medina” was subject to some dispute, with Delicious Vinyl principal Matt Dike telling Rolling Stone in 1990 that Young MC “only wrote three lines.”

Varry White’s catalog largely consists of compositions recorded by Delicious Vinyl acts, according to the suit, and the companies share the same ownership. Delicious Vinyl was founded by DJ/producers Dike and Mike Ross.

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