DJ JMK, formally known as Kirk Edwards, is suing several artists including Cardi B, Choppa, formally known as Darwin Turner and Master P, for copyright infringement.
What We Know:
- DJ JMK accuses the artists of using his instrumental on the 2002 track “Choppa Style.”
- Edwards claims Turner agreed to give him royalty payments and a 30 percent bonus if the song secured a national distribution deal, WDSU reported.
- Instead of paying him, Edwards claims Choppa got another producer from his record label, Take Fo’ Records, to recreate the instrumental and used it to record the song.
- Edwards stated the new producer used “a piano to copy the horn melody and arrangement” of his original instrumental.
- Later, Choppa released a remix of the song with Master P, “Choppa Style Remix featuring Master P.” Edwards received no payment for this version either.
- Many other artists have sampled “Choppa Style” including Cardi B and City Girls in their song “Twerk,” Yo Gotti and French Montana in “Oh Yeah” and Trouble and City Girls in “She a Winner.”
- Edwards stated the artists have “misappropriated many of the recognizable and key protected elements” of his instrumental.
- He is suing for an unknown amount.
Hopefully, the artists can settle the matter.