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Beastie Boys Get Hit With 'Trouble Funk' Lawsuit

Posted Tuesday May 8, 2012 10:45 PM GMT

Lawsuits are something that the entertainment world is no stranger to and now The Beastie Boys are in the midst of a legal battle at most untimely moment.

The day before the death of band member, Adam 'MCA' Yauch, TufAmerica filed a lawsuit against the legendary band in New York's federal court claiming that The Beastie Boys allegedly stole music from the '80s band Trouble Funk for two of their biggest albums.

According to the lawsuit, MCA, Mike D and Ad-Rock illegally sampled the artist's music to use in multiple songs that were featured on their albums "Licensed to Ill" and "Paul's Boutique."

TufAmerica says that the legendary 90's band's hit "The New Style" sampled a drum beat from Trouble Funk's hit "Drop The Bomb." The band continued to accuse the rap phenoms of stealing riffs from two other tracks including "Car Thief" and "Hold It Now Hit It.

Although it's been years since the alleged incident, TufAmerica says they decided to move forward now because they believe The Beastie Boys have been distributing the tracks though e-release and they "never received royalties or payment."

Below are two Beastie Boys songs included in the legal battle.

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