NLE Choppa, a US rapper, has been sued for copyright infringement on the tune Who TF Up In My Trap off his 2020 album Top Shotta.

West Coast rapper Rodney-O said in a case filed with the US District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday (October 3) that Who TF Up In My Trap infringes on the copyright of the 1987 rap track Everlasting Bass.

“The composition of [Who TF Up In My Trap] substantially comprises the composition of Everlasting Bass and is either a verbatim copy or encompassed and embodied in an audio sample of Everlasting Bass found in the infringing work,” according to the complaint, which MBW obtained and can be read in full here.

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“Defendants at no point sought to obtain authorization from plaintiff to use the Everlasting Bass composition in connection with the infringing work.”

Along with NLE Choppa, whose given name is Bryson Potts, the lawsuit names as defendants Sony Music Publishing and a number of writers and producers credited on Who TF Is Up In My Trap, including Javar Rockamore, Patric Houston (aka Project Pat), Jordan Houston (aka Juicy J), Paul Beauregard (aka DJ Paul), Theodore Thomas (aka Stonii), Robert Reese (aka Bobby Keyz) and Archie Dean (aka ISTHATYOUARCHIE).

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Rodney-O, real name Rodney Oliver, was a member of the rap group Rodney-O & Joe Cooley, which toured with N.W.A., Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Flash in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Rolling Stone magazine picked their 1987 song Everlasting Bass as one of the 20 greatest “pre-Straight Outta Compton” West Coast Rap Songs.

Everlasting Bass got 5.2 million views on YouTube and almost 1.7 million Spotify streams as of the last count.

Who TF Up In My Trap by NLE Choppa is the sixth track on the 2020 album Top Shotta. It has received 7.3 million Spotify streams and 1.1 million YouTube views.

The song’s writing credits on Spotify include all three Rodney-O & Joe Cooley members – Rodney Oliver, Jeffrey Page, and Joe Cooley.

Rodney-O’s new lawsuit seeks specific monetary damages as well as profits from Who TF Up In My Trap.

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Doniger Burroughs, a California law firm with a lengthy history of engagement in high-profile copyright matters, filed it on Rodney-O’s behalf.

The firm represents photographer Dana Lixenberg in her copyright action against Spotify and All Media Network, as well as a well followed 2021 design copyright litigation involving retail giant H&M.

Today’s news follows a prior lawsuit in which the rapper was charged with a copyright claim in 2021 over Make Em Say, Top Shotta’s sixth track. The vocal chorus from Atlanta rapper Kilo Ali’s own song, Love in Ya Mouth, was allegedly taken from to create the melody in Make Em Say.

Judge George H. Wu of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the case “with prejudice” in June 2023.


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