A Washington, D.C. based company has filed an $18 million lawsuit claiming they own the rights to the hit song “Bottoms Up” performed by Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj, but were never compensated or credited with making the track.
Derrick Price, Doc Mob Records and IHip Hop Music filed the lawsuit February 2 in the Southern District of New York, which claims Doc Mob hired producer Milton James aka “Tony Scales” to produce the original, copyrighted track for “Bottoms Up” for his company, Doc Mob Records.
The lawsuit goes on to allege that during the completion of the track, James teamed with producer Kane Beatz who added production to the song, making it the finished version used by Songz.
Price, Doc Mob Records and IHip Hop Music go on to claim in the lawsuit that the song used on Passion, Pain and Pleasure only lists Kane Beatz as the sole producer and that they were never credited or paid..
Price alleges that he sent multiple cease-and-desist letters to Atlantic Records and Trey Songz, but they were reportedly ignored.
The lawsuit also names Atlantic Records, Kodak, manager Gee Robertson, producer Kane Beatz and others as defendants.
Camera company Kodak was named in the suit for using the song in a series of advertisements that featured the singer.