It was recently announced that Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul is suing Travis Scott for a reported $20 million dollars over Scott allegedly stealing one of the famous group’s classic songs. DJ Paul is accusing Travis Scott of stealing the hook from the famous Three 6 Mafia song “Tear da Club Up” to use on his song “No Bystanders” which was released a while back. DJ Paul stated in the lawsuit that the hook used on Travis Scott’s “No Bystanders” is “virtually identical and strikingly similar” to the hook used on the classic Three 6 Mafia tune.
Details About the Lawsuit
DJ Paul claims that the two songs are so similar in nature that when Travis Scott performed the song “No Bystanders” at the Grammys, the word “f-ck” was substituted for “tear” which would make both hooks the same. DJ Paul is seeking “in excess” of up to $20 Million for Travis Scott’s unlawful use of his famous hook to produce his new song. Other living Three 6 Mafia members Gangster Boo & Juicy J are not listed in the lawsuit as plaintiffs. News reports have surfaced that claim that Travis Scott and DJ Paul have been in contact with each to find a resolution to the issue. This isn’t the first time an event like this has happened as it is quite common for music artists to take inspiration from previously recorded records. In a statement released about the incident, DJ Paul stated: “Everything will be worked out accordingly with proper communication between him, Juicy, and I. There is no beef, just business.” So, it seems as though the veteran rapper would just like to get what he’s rightfully owed without causing any trouble or ill feeling between the two.
This lawsuit comes just after Travis Scott recently had to pay approximately $400,000 dollars to a Minnesota concert promoter after he failed to show up for his scheduled performance during this past Super Bowl weekend.
Three 6 Mafia’s Influence on Music
Three 6 Mafia was one of the biggest rap groups of the late 90s originating in Memphis, Tennessee. Later, the group would gain widespread notoriety for their catchy hooks and explicit lyrics that document real life in the hood. Many of the young rappers today have openly stated how much of an influence Three 6 Mafia had on their musical taste until this very day. This could be why Scott’s skeptics suspect he may have actually taken inspiration from “Tear da Club Up” to make his 2018 smash hit “No Bystanders” which debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at No. 1. While the lawsuit is still ongoing, we will have to wait and see what verdict the judge decides.