Samberg Sued for Stealing Beats
Andy Samberg and his comedy rap group, The Lonely Island, are being sued over two SNL Digital Shorts entitled “Shy Ronnie” and “Like A Boss”, which featured Rihanna and Seth Rogan. St. Louis production team, Aleric “Rick Tha Rular” Banks and Monique Hines claimed they never received proper credit or compensation after composing the music for these shorts and intend on suing not only Samberg and co., but also NBC Universal, and Universal Republic Records.
The pair said that they submitted the tracks to Samberg through a third party and Samberg recorded his own lyrics over the music. “Shy Ronnie” ended up with an Emmy Nomination and “Like a Boss” became a song on The Lonely Island’s first album, but Hines and Tha Rular said they weren’t acknowledged. The production company Hines and Mr. Rular run, Starstrukk Productions, now wants all profits from both songs—because obviously their backbeat was the only thing that made these songs as popular as they are.
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