Lil Wayne and the Rolling Stones Settle Lyrical Lawsuit

Lil Wayne plays with fire, gets burned by the Rolling Stones’ lawyers.

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Rap artist Lil Wayne and ABKCO, the publishing company that represents rock aristocrats the Rolling Stones, have settled their lawsuit over Wayne’s song “Playing With Fire.” In July of last year, ABKCO contested that the 2008 Tha Carter III track contained lyrics and themes that were to close to the Stones’ 1965 classic, “Playing With Fire.”

While Wayne’s song clearly appropriates elements of “Play With Fire,” the suit ironically alleged that the hip hop song was damaging to the Stones’ reputation, as it implied that the band condoned “explicit, sexist, and offensive language” — language that was once the Stones’ forte.

Terms of the settlement are governed by a confidentiality agreement, but according to a joint statement, both parties are “satisfied with the amicable agreement.”



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