Justin Timberlake and Jay Z‘s hit song “Suit & Tie” was not exactly buttoned up, legally speaking … according to a group that’s suing, claiming the track ripped them off.
Two members of Sly, Slick and Wicked — a ’70s R&B group — filed the lawsuit, and in the docs they say “Suit & Tie” samples their song, “Sho’ Nuff” … which was released in 1973. It’s no lightweight hit … none other than James Brown produced it.
The band members say Justin’s record label, Universal Music Group, paid to sample the song — however, never got the rights to the vocal performances in that song. Their bottom line … we did the singing, but we didn’t get paid.
Making matters worse … the SS&W guys say they also didn’t get paid when UMG licensed “Suit & Tie” for a Bud Light commercial.
They point out Justin’s song was HUGE — 3 million copies sold, and 92 million YouTube views — and they want their piece of the pie … from UMG, Anheuser-Busch, and other publishers and producers of the track.